Today, U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) delivered remarks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup to consider the reauthorization of legislation to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, fund cancer screening, and improve education research.
One of the bills up for consideration, the SUPPORT Act, included Senator Mullin’s legislation, the 988 Lifeline Cybersecurity Responsibility Act and a provision Mullin has championed to make progress on the adoption of behavioral health IT. Additionally, Mullin’s legislation, the Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances Act (EPCS 2.0), was offered as an amendment by Senator Hassan (D-NH). All three pieces of legislation passed out of the HELP Committee with strong bipartisan support.
“I’m proud to lead these three legislative initiatives to protect our healthcare infrastructure, coordinate patient care, and improve health outcomes,” said Sen. Mullin. “The number of opioid overdose deaths in Oklahoma has increased by 600 percent since 2019, and we must do more to keep our communities safe and patients healthy. Passing the SUPPORT Act is vital to our continued effort to combat the opioid epidemic, and I am glad that the HELP Committee has moved forward in reauthorizing these important programs.”
Click here to watch a full 1080p video of Mullin’s support for his amendment, the Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances Act.
The SUPPORT Act includes a provision directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to hold a stakeholder roundtable on behavioral health IT. This bill makes progress on the adoption of behavioral health IT, which Mullin’s bill, the Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Coordination Act, directly seeks to address.