WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s Road to Recovery Act [H.R. 2938] is among the ‘Recommendations for Federal Action to End the Nation’s Opioid Crisis.’

The Road to Recovery Act would eliminate the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion for substance use disorder and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for Medicaid enrollees.

Fitzpatrick, the vice-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, authored the bill. He introduced the bill in June with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

The National Governors reports states, “As the largest source of coverage for behavioral health services, including treatment for opioid use disorder, Medicaid plays a critical role in helping states address the opioid crisis.”

The IMD commonly prohibits Medicaid programs from receiving federal reimbursement for adults between 21 and 65 to get mental health or substance use disorder treatment in a residential treatment facility with more than 16 beds.

The Act’s plan to expand access to inpatient treatment for Medicaid enrollees.

Fitzpatrick said in a statement, “The ‘IMD exclusion’ blocks access to treatment for people who need inpatient treatment for addiction including some of society’s most vulnerable: veterans, pregnant addicted women, women with dependent children, and low-level drug offenders.”

The Governors Recommendations also include federal training and education requirements for opioid prescribers, enhance federal support for justice-involved populations, and improve coordination across federal agencies.