Congressman Guthrie serves on the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee for the 115th Congress and was named the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. E&C is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House with jurisdiction over our nation’s health care policy. Click HERE for more information on the committee. Click HERE for a list of health care related bills authored by Congressman Guthrie.
One of my top priorities this Congress has been combating our nation’s opioid crisis. I introduced the Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act (H.R. 5327) to establish a grant program for treatment facilities to offer all evidence-based treatments and FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. This bill was signed into law as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act,a bipartisan package of over 50 bills that will address the opioid epidemic from four main angles: prevention, treatment and recovery, protecting communities, and fighting the illicit fentanyl trade.
President Trump also recently signed my Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act into law. This bill provides legal protection for sports medicine professionals who cross state lines with their high school, college, or professional teams to take care of the athletes on their teams. Before my legislation, sports medicine practitioners were not legally protected when they crossed state lines with their teams unless they were also licensed in the state where the team was competing, putting athletes and practitioners potentially at risk.
I also introduced and passed into law the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, which reauthorized a program to help make sure infants receive hearing screening and to provide services for the children who are found to be deaf or hard of hearing.
In October 2015, one of Congressman Guthrie's signature health care bills was signed into law by President Obama. H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, maintains the current definition of the small group market for health insurance as employers with 1-50 employees. That definition was set to expand under Obamacare to those employers with 1-100 employees on January 1, 2016. The small group insurance market has increased mandates and restrictions under Obamacare, so those workers who would have been forced into the small group market would have seen disruption in their coverage and increased costs.