Manchin Reintroduces LifeBOAT Act to Fund Substance Abuse Treatment

Joe Manchin, senate
Joe Manchin

WASHINGTON D.C.– Eleven senators, including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have reintroduced the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act) — a measure establishing a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance abuse treatment.

According to the Register Herald, The LifeBOAT Act would establish a 1 cent tax on each milligram of active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill to fund treatment efforts. The bill also includes a rebate program for cancer-related pain and hospice care, and exempts drugs used exclusively for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Funding could be used for establishing new addiction treatment facilities, residential and outpatient; recruiting and increasing reimbursement for certified mental health providers providing substance abuse treatment; expanding access to long-term, residential treatment programs for addicts; establishing and/or operating support programs that offer employment services, housing, and other support services to help a recovering addict transition back into society; establishing and/or operating facilities to provide care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome; and establishing and/or operating substance abuse treatment programs in conjunction with Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts.

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