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On the Hill: House Targets Ineligible Providers, Senate Tackles Opioid Abuse

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up legislation introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) that seeks to prevent payments to ineligible providers by requiring that states submit to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Medicaid managed care organizations information on providers that have been terminated from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bill would also require HHS to record termination records in a database.

Meanwhile, the Senate voted Monday to proceed with consideration of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, which would expand treatment options for opioid abuse. Senate Democrats hope to add an additional $600 million in emergency funding to the legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The Senate also will take up legislation addressing the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis. The measure would provide up to $250 million for Flint and other areas with polluted drinking water.

In committee business, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing Tuesday focusing on long-term care financing.

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Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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