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Tonko, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Empower Communities with Resilience & Mental Wellness

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the Community Mental Wellness & Resilience Act, a bipartisan bill that will tackle the nation’s mental health crisis head-on by addressing the extensive community trauma caused by natural disasters. This innovative legislation will empower communities through a new federal grant program to craft…

Tonko MAT Act & Addiction Treatment Measures Pass in House

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today voted in the House to pass H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act, health-focused legislation that includes several key provisions he authored, including the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, bipartisan legislation that eliminates the outdated bureaucratic requirement—known as the “x-waiver”—currently…

Tonko Health Priorities—Including MAT Act—Advance Out of Committee

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today joined full Energy and Commerce Committee markup to advance several health-focused bills, including his Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant Act, Helping Experts Accelerate Rare Treatments (HEART) Act. Tonko also successfully called for the inclusion of his Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act,…

Tonko Secures Major Wins for Capital Region in Federal Budget

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Tonko announced today transformative investments delivered in H.R. 2471, bipartisan government funding legislation that will help working families with the cost of living, create American jobs, and support the vulnerable. “The historic investments advanced in our bipartisan omnibus package are a reflection of America’s deepest values,” Congressman Tonko said.…

Tonko, Huizenga Introduce Legislation to Expand Mental Health Care for Seniors

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WASHINGTON, DC—Representatives Paul D. Tonko (NY-20) and Bill Huizenga (MI-2) introduced the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act today, bipartisan legislation that would improve care for millions of America’s seniors by permanently repealing the Medicare 190-day lifetime limit for inpatient psychiatric care. No such limit exists for any other Medicare inpatient health care…

Tonko Cheers Inclusion of 4 Major Priorities in Addiction & Mental Health Agenda

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko joined a press conference with the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force announcing their legislative agenda for this Congress, which includes four key bills championed by Tonko. This slate of Tonko-led bills includes: The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act that would remove bureaucratic barriers blocking access to the safe,…

Tonko Delivers Boost to Nation’s Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered House passage today of major funding expansions for U.S. mental health and addiction programs that he has been pushing to secure as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Federal Budget. Tonko provisions that advanced in the package include funding for opioid treatment programs, substance use prevention grants and research to examine the impact of the…

Tonko, Trone, Smith, Stabenow Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Mental Health Services

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and David Trone (D-MD) announced today that they have reintroduced the Medicaid Bump Act in the House, legislation that would increase the federal reimbursement rate for mental and behavioral health care services under Medicaid. Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced identical legislation on the same day and…

Tonko Announces $170 Million for NY Addiction & Mental Health Services

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that $170,566,276 in funding from the American Rescue Plan—COVID legislation backed by Tonko— has been awarded to New York State to support mental health and addiction services. Funding will be administered by the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and is…

Tonko Pushes to Expand Addiction Treatment at Congressional Hearing

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko addressed the top Biden Administration health official today during a Health Subcommittee hearing to push for the advance of two major, bipartisan addiction treatment bills he authored. Tonko called for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to support the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act and the…

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