ACHP Statement on Declaration of the American Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

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Contact: Leah Hunter lhunter@achp.org

ACHP Statement on Declaration of the American Opioid Crisis as a Public Health Emergency

Washington, D.C. (October 26, 2017) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) released a statement today in response to the President’s declaration of the American opioid crisis as a public health emergency.  ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly, who was in attendance for the announcement at the White House, made the below statement:

“Today’s declaration is a good first step in bringing attention to a very serious public health crisis. We look forward to working with policymakers to identify the critical resources necessary to curb the opioid epidemic and save lives.

“Our community-based health plans see every day the complexity of the opioid crisis and are doing everything in their power to impact the epidemic on the ground. From early prevention strategies to reducing prescriptions to creating additional access to treatment and community engagement efforts, our plans are taking the lead in addressing the needs in their communities. We know that community health plans have a unique role to play and are eager to collaborate with HHS and others to help end this epidemic.”

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 19 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to www.achp.org and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.