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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.
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ASAM Urges House and Senate Leadership to Include Targeted and Limited Liability Protections for Health Care Professionals in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

by | Jun 09, 2020

 

On June 9, ASAM joined 135 other organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA), in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting the inclusion of targeted and limited liability protections for healthcare professionals in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. The protections specifically requested are outlined in the bipartisan bill, H.R. 7059, the “Coronavirus Provider Protection Act,” which was recently introduced by Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN), and Lou Correa (D-CA). The letter asks that the protections extend at least 60 days after the declared public health emergency ends and apply only to physicians and other health care professionals who are providing legitimate care during COVID-19.

 

The letter emphasizes that without the inclusion of these protections, many physicians and other health care professionals face the threat of liability lawsuits due to circumstances outside of their control. During the unprecedented conditions of COVID-19, physicians and other healthcare professionals have been complying with government guidance and grappling with a lack of resources that has, at times, necessarily altered their provision of healthcare services. Therefore, it is vital for Congress to include targeted and limited liability protections in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package to protect physicians and other healthcare professionals from costly and emotionally draining litigation.

 

Read the letter here.

 

Read H.R. 7059 here.