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On the Hill: Congress Returns Next Week

Congress will tackle the opioid crisis when it returns from recess next week.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce on April 11 will hold its third and final hearing on the opioid crisis. The committee will consider more than a dozen bills related to coverage and payment issues with a goal of bringing opioid legislation to a vote before the Memorial Day weekend.

The congressional recess follows passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government until Sept. 30. The bill included several health care funding provisions, including increased funding to combat the opioid crisis and boost mental health services, as well as additional funds for the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.

An Affordable Care Act stabilization package was not included in the final bill, and it is unclear whether Congress will take it up when lawmakers return from recess.


About the Author

Erin Delaney is a former legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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