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1. The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020/i (P.L. 116-123), signed into law on
Most of the funding (
The bill also included a waiver removing restrictions on Medicare providers allowing them to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries regardless of whether the beneficiary is in a rural community.
2. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act/ii (P.L. 116-127) was signed into law on
The funding is designated for food and nutrition programs run by the
The health provisions require private insurers (group and individual plans, including grandfathered plans, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, TRICARE, the
3. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) passed the
Substantial changes to 42 CFR Part 2 that allow the contents of substance use disorder (SUD) patient records to be used or disclosed by a covered entity, business associate, or Part 2 program for treatment, payment or healthcare operations as permitted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), after prior written patient consent has been obtained. Any information so disclosed may then be redisclosed in accordance with the HIPAA regulations. A patient's prior written consent to be given once for all such future uses or disclosures for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, until such time as the patient revokes such consent in writing.
Expansion of Medicare telehealth authority to remove a restriction that limits telehealth coverage during the COVID-19 emergency period to situations where the physician or other professional has treated the patient in the past three years. This will enable beneficiaries to access telehealth, including in their home, from a broader range of providers, reducing COVID-19 exposure. The bill also allows for
Extension of the
ASAM continues to advocate on behalf of its members and the addiction treatment community to ensure patients can access needed care during this national crisis, and to ensure addiction specialist clinicians and their teams have the resources and policy flexibility they need to provide that care.
i/. For a more detailed breakdown of the funding allocation, see https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/issue-brief/the-u-s-response-to-coronavirus-summary-of-the-coronavirus-preparedness-and-response-supplemental-appropriations-act-2020/
ii/. For more information, see https://www.kff.org/global-health-policy/issue-brief/the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act-summary-of-key-provisions/