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Apr 11, 2018

Senate Committee Releases New Opioid Bill

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions released a draft bill on its approach on opioids. The committee also scheduled a hearing for April 11, 2018, and hopes to have legislation passed before summer.

The Senate draft does not include new funding but does authorize a number of new grant programs and additional funding to existing grant programs. If the bill passes, appropriators will need to pass additional legislation to fund the programs. The omnibus spending bill signed into law last month already provides an additional $4 billion in new opioid funding for 2018.

In addition, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released draft legislation concerning Medicare and Medicaid and opioid treatment. The Subcommittee on Health also will hold a hearing on April 11, 2018.

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Draft Opioid Bill