Public Policy Updates
NAATP At White House Event
January 24, 2023
Today, Marvin Ventrell, NAATP CEO represented the NAATP membership at an invitation-only event at the White House to celebrate passage of items of importance to the substance use disorder field contained in the Omnibus...
Federal Budget Bill Contains NAATP Priorities
December 21, 2022
Congress is poised to pass what’s called an omnibus budget bill for 2023. It contains funding for all federal agencies. The bill can also include policy directives for federal agencies and legislative directives. This...
NAATP Applauds Changes in Cocaine Sentencing
December 19, 2022
Recently Attorney General Merrick Garland announced changes to end disparities in the federal crack cocaine sentencing guidelines. These laws, passed during the “war on drugs” years, sent thousands of people to prison...
Senate Finance Committee Releases Parity Language
December 5, 2022
Monday the U.S. Senate Finance Committee released language designed to improve enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity). The committee has been working on an omnibus mental health and...
HHS Releases Changes to Confidentiality Rules 42 CFR Part 2 to HIPAA
November 29, 2022
Today the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will publish the long-anticipated rule moving SUD patient confidentiality from 42 CFR Part 2 to requirements similar to HIPAA.
Health Care in Reconciliation
August 17, 2022
The President signed the reconciliation legislation yesterday after a tortured journey through the legislative process. As you likely know, several US Senators had veto power over what was included in the final product...
NAATP Urges Passage of Parity Enforcement Tool
July 13, 2022
NAATP continually advocates for greater access to quality care for substance use disorder treatment for all Americans. One of the greatest opportunities to accomplish this is the Mental Health Parity and Addiction...
NAATP Congratulates House of Representatives for Passage of Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Bill
June 23, 2022
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7666, the “Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well Being Act. NAATP is appreciative of the action taken by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to develop this...
NAATP Applauds Senate Parity Hearing
March 30, 2022
Today the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the issues surrounding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity). Chairperson Wyden and ranking member Crapo pledged to work on a bi-partisan...