Harder Legislation to Help People Struggling with Addictions Get Access to Health Care Passes House

May 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) worked to pass an amendment he authored through the House of Representatives which would improve health care access for people struggling with opioid use disorder. The amendment passed on a bipartisan vote of 243-174. 

“I hear from folks who have been touched by the opioid epidemic in just about every community I visit in the Central Valley. We need to do more to get people affected by addiction the health care options they need to get healthy and back on their feet,” said Rep. Harder. “My legislation will make sure the Navigators who help people get more information about health care have the tools and training they need to get that done.

Click the link above to watch Rep. Harder speak on his amendment

Representative Harder’s amendment would provide opioid-specific education to health care marketplace Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC). Navigators and CACs are responsible for providing consumers and small businesses employees with information on their coverage options when using a health care marketplace like Covered California. Approximately 130 Americans die of opioid overdoses every day. Representative Harder’s amendment renews Congress’ commitment to do more.