Substance Abuse Intervention Bill Approved by Colorado Legislature

May 4, 2010

The CDA has actively supported HB 1033, a bill that would extend Medicaid reimbursement to healthcare providers that provide substance abuse interventions to their patients.  HB 1033 will save lives by encouraging more providers to help patients recognize substance abuse problems early-on and connect them with the help they need.

The House overwhelming approved the bill in mid-April.  The Senate passed the bill on a party line vote in early May.  The bill is before the governor for signature.

During the legislative process, the CDA provided information in support of the bill, including statistics on methamphetamine abuse, costs to Colorado and the efficacy and importance of treatment programs.  A special thanks to Dr. Brett Kessler testifying and providing the data used to support this important bill.

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