ASAM is proud to partner with its 39 independent State Chapters to advance access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment.

State Advocacy

State Capitol

On a diverse set of issues ranging from mental health and addiction parity to pharmacy regulation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) State Chapters are instrumental in shaping addiction policy conversations in state capitols across the country.  ASAM National staff can track addiction-related state legislation and regulations; help keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provide them with consultation and technical assistance on state-level issues important to them. In addition, ASAM National staff closely works with many other national organizations on mental health and addiction issues and can connect ASAM State Chapters with those national organizations and their state branches.

ASAM Urges California Governor to Sign Parity Legislation

September 6, 2020

 

On September 6, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Kennedy Forum, and 36 other organizations sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to sign SB855, which would ensure that health plans in California cover medically necessary care.

 

The letter stresses that without requirements that health insurers use a standardized definition of medical necessity and follow generally accepted standards of mental health and substance use disorder care when conducting utilization review, insurers can put financial motivations before patients' needs. By signing SB 855, Governor Newsom can prevent such coverage practices that undermine access to care. This legislation is also critical to ensuring that commercial health plans do their part in addressing skyrocketing mental health and addiction needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This is particularly urgent given enormously strained state and local budgets, which cannot easily expand access to treatment or afford to absorb additional costs passed on by insurers.  

 

Read the letter here.

 

Read the bill here.

Legislative Tracking

ASAM tracks legislation relating to its chapters' legislative priorities in all 50 states. 

Chapter Leadership

ASAM's state chapters are led by experts in the field of addiction medicine. Each chapter elects its own leaders. 

East - Regions I, III, IV, V, X

West - Regions II, VI, VII, VIII

State Advocacy Resources

Find tools designed to help support your advocacy efforts with state legislators and regulators here. 

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