Secretary Azar also committed to providing technical assistance for
A transcript of his remarks can be seen below:
Portman: "Thank you,
"I also noticed that in the opioid area you have increased funding for the State Opioid Grant program and also for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which I appreciate. We need it badly. I'd love to say that we have been victorious in this battle and that we are turning the tide, we do have fewer overdose deaths, but the reality is that crystal meth and cocaine, which are psychostimulants, have come back with a vengeance. So, I really appreciate the flexibility you're providing in the State Opioid Response grants because that is what we're hearing back home in
"I have a question for you on Money Follows the Person. This is a great program.
Portman: "Great, well thank you. On hospice, I'm a big supporter.
Secretary Azar: "Absolutely, we'd be happy to help you on that. We, in our budget, proposed that we have a greater ability to make transparent the accreditation surveys for accredited facilities so that people can really make informed choices. We also make a major investment with
Portman: "We look forward to working with you on that and again hopefully passing some legislation that will give you some statutory authority to do that. Thank you."
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