Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined several other state attorneys general in a letter to Congress that requests increased health care access for people struggling with opioid addiction.
The group outlined three possible areas of improvement. The first is an overhaul of decades-old privacy rules that keep substance abuse treatment off someone’s health records.
Yost says the old privacy rule, 42 CFR Part 2, is far stricter than the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA.
“If David Letterman were still doing his show he could put these things into a little skit called ‘Stupid Government Tricks.’ These three rules would unquestionably be in his top 10,” Yost says. “We just need to fix it.”