The Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation Act (“NOPAINACT), S. 586/H.R. 3259, first introduced in the 116th Congress, continues to attract bipartisan support and interest, with cosponsors currently numbering 50 in the Senate and 115 in the House.
The NOPAIN ACT aims to increase patient and provider access to non-opioid approaches to acute pain management and is part of AMTA's ongoing advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels to enact responsible policies that help increase access to massage therapy. This bill also requires a report to Congress on limitations, gaps and barriers to access, or deficits in Medicare coverage for services supported by the HHS Pain Management Task Force, which includes massage therapy.
If the bill is not approved before Congress adjourns in mid-December, the bill effectively ‘dies’ and must be reintroduced next year, which would begin the process all over again. We encourage the massage therapy community to reach out to your Senators and House Members to cosponsor this bill. If your members in the Senate and House have already lent their support, please thank them and ask them to use their influence to help pass the NOPAIN ACT before Congress adjourns.