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 A Voice for Addiction Medicine

Leading the movement to transform America's addiction treatment infrastructure and expand access to research-validated, results-based care



ASAM Policy Principles

ASAM believes in a future in which addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery are accessible to all, and where they profoundly improve the health of all people.  The following principles guide our advocacy and shape ASAM's advocacy priorities:
  • Addiction policy should be guided by - and promote the use of - the latest science and best practices in addiction prevention, treatment, remission, and recovery.  People with addiction deserve compassionate, evidence-based care that addresses the chronic nature of the disease of addiction.
  • Strategic and multifaceted policy solutions are needed to drive the development of a more accessible, effective, robust, and comprehensive addiction prevention and treatment infrastructure.
  • Policies and payment systems should ensure equitable access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.
  • Policy should challenge, rather than enforce, cultural misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination about the disease of addiction.
  • Addiction policy and advocacy should respect and integrate the perspectives of people with addiction and their families.

Federal Advocacy Priorities

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TEACH addiction medicine by expanding and strengthening our workforce and dispelling stigma
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STANDARDIZE the delivery of individualized addiction treatment so that more patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care
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COVER addiction medicine in a way that expands patient access to comprehensive, high-quality addiction care

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Dr. Ronald V. Mejzak Represents FSAM at Roundtable Discussion on Insurance Coverage Parity

by | Feb 07, 2020

 FL Capitol Building

On February 7, Dr. Ronald V. Mejzak represented the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine (FSAM) at a roundtable discussion on insurance coverage parity for mental health and substance use disorder hosted by State Representative Emily Slosberg. Dr. Mejzak opened his remarks by thanking Representative Slosberg and Senator Rouson for their introduction of HB939, which would strengthen federal parity law enforcement in Florida.


Dr. Mejzak then emphasized the difficulties faced by addiction treatment professionals who struggle to receive reimbursement from various insurance plans. He continued by explaining the importance of increasing transparency around the formation of medical necessity criteria by insurance providers, and concluded by expressing FSAM’s continuing commitment to working with Representative Slosberg, Senator Rouson, and other stakeholders to strengthen parity enforcement in the state of Florida.


Read HB939 here