Jason Simcakoski Opioid Safety Act moves through Senate

Bill named for veteran who died under VA care

A bill named after a veteran who passed away while under VA care is making its way to President Obama’s desk.

The Jason Simcakoski Opioid Safety Act passed in the Senate Wednesday evening. The House’s version of the bill was already passed last week. The proposal is named for the veteran who died in October of 2014 while under Tomah VA care.

The legislation will be included as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. It will require stronger opioid prescribing guidelines and education for VA doctors, while increasing family-doctor communication regarding pain management.

Senator Baldwin says the Simcakoski family has been an important part in moving the bill through the Senate.

“They were calling members of the House, members of the Senate, sent a letter to the people on the conference committee, to make sure that we included the strongest language possible,” said Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.

The bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed by a 92-2 margin.