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NLN Capitol Connection - October 2018

Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act
October 2, 2018

House Passes Final Opioid Bill

The House passed HR 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, 393-8 last week before recessing until after the mid-term elections. After negotiating with the Senate, the final version of HR 6 includes Section 3201 which amends the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823 (g)(2)(G)) to permanently authorize Nurse Practitioners and provide a five-year authorization for Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse-Midwives to prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) for opioid use disorders. The Senate is expected to approve the bill soon before sending it to President Trump's desk.

The next edition of the Capitol Connection will be published on November 6, 2018.

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