On September 15, 2021, the CME Coalition sent letters of support to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA) for the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act of 2021 (S. 2235/H.R. 2067). Introduced in both chambers earlier this year, this legislation would mandate CME for the prescribing of opioids and other controlled substances. It would also provide grant funding for professional associations to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of health care education programs.
“[The CME Coalition] appreciate[s] that you understand the importance of enhancing physician access to independent continuing education, especially as a means of combating the scourge of substance abuse disorder, and your leadership is invaluable to us,” wrote CME Coalition Executive Director Andrew Rosenberg. “We look forward to your bill’s consideration and passage by the full Senate.”