Obama will issue a memorandum this morning to federal departments and agencies with two directives:
• The president will require federal agencies to provide training to doctors and nurses who work for the federal government on how to properly prescribe opioid medications, like oxycodone.
• Federal agencies that provide health insurance will have to review their health plans to see if there are barriers or restrictions that prevent patients from accessing medication-assisted treatments for opioid abuse, like Suboxone. If there are restrictions preventing people from getting those treatments, agencies will have to address those.
The directives apply only to federal agencies — not private doctors or insurance plans — but the White House wants to set an example…
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