21st Century Cures Includes Opioids and Mental Health
On November 30, the House passed a revised version of the 21st Century Cures bill (H.R. 34). The Senate will consider the bill this week. The compromise includes:
- additional funding to address opioid addiction
- mental health reforms affecting health and criminal justice
- new Medicaid requirements
- reductions to the Prevention and Public Health Fund
It initially included child welfare financing reform, an extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and a new social impact demonstration project. Those sections of the bill were eliminated prior to its passage.