Dear ACNM Midwife Advocate,
ACNM is pleased to announce that our persistence has paid off thanks in great part to our member advocates. Today we learned that House and Senate have reached a compromise on their opioid bill. The provision to expand prescriptive authority of medication-assisted treatments (MAT) to CNMs and other APRNs for a 5-year period, and permanently authorize the SAMHSA MAT program for NPs and PAs has been included in the conferenced opioid package as Section 3201.
We now enter the final stretch in our efforts to ensure women, individuals and families struggling with opioid and substance abuse disorders have access to qualified and capable providers of evidence-based MAT.
Both chambers still need to vote on the compromise bill; however, there is no reason to believe that this won't pass. The legislation, backed by leaders of both parties, is a rare bipartisan achievement that lawmakers are eager to have in hand as they head home prior to the midterm elections in November. The House is expected to vote on the reconciled measure tonight and the Senate is likely to take it up next week.
While ACNM is not taking an official position on the various other opioid-related provisions within the bill, we are "supporting" the overall package, as it includes this extremely important provision. We encourage all midwife advocates to send a note of thanks to their legislator and remind them to vote "yes" for expanding access to life-saving opioid addiction treatment.
This is a HUGE win for certified nurse-midwives and we thank you for your support!