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H.R. 5685 (115th): Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of May 7, 2018 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5685 directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to compile education resources for beneficiaries regarding opioid use, pain management, and alternative pain management treatments, and include these resources in the “Medicare and You” handbook.

The "Medicare & You" handbook is mailed to all Medicare households each fall. It includes a summary of Medicare benefits, rights, and protections, lists of available health and drug plans, and answers to frequently asked questions about Medicare.



2d Session

H. R. 5685


May 7, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Renacci, and Mr. Welch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide educational resources regarding opioid use and pain management as part of the Medicare & You handbook.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018.


Provision of information regarding opioid use and pain management as part of Medicare & You handbook


In general

Section 1804 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395b–2) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:


The notice provided under subsection (a) shall include—


educational resources, compiled by the Secretary, regarding opioid use and pain management; and


a description of alternative, non-opioid pain management treatments covered under this title.



Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to notices distributed prior to each Medicare open enrollment period beginning after January 1, 2019.