“NCHC applauds the House of Representatives, especially Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, for the important steps taken today to address mental health and substance abuse in the 21st Century Cures legislation. These issues are among the greatest public health challenges facing our country today, adding not only to the costs of health care, but destroying families and communities. And although we oppose the bill’s reductions to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, we are encouraged that Congress has found a path forward on these critical behavioral health issues.
“We are also pleased to see the inclusion of provisions that reform the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and encourage interoperability of electronic medical records.”
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