After focusing for the past few weeks on legislation to counter the opioid crisis, Congress this week is working to craft a bipartisan opioid package.
Last week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held its third and final opioid hearing, focusing on 34 bills that would change how Medicaid and Medicare deal with the opioid crisis. The committee will consider more than 60 bills during a markup scheduled for Wednesday, April 25. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, indicated lawmakers will have legislation ready to consider on the House floor by Memorial Day.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold an April 24 markup of its version of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. Also, the House Committee on Ways and Means will hold an April 25 hearing on preventing the flow of synthetic opioids in the international mail system.
The Ways and Means Committee will hold an April 26 hearing on innovative practices and technology in health care.