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On the Hill: Hearings Focus on Opioid Crisis

As lawmakers return from recess, Congress this week sets its sights on the opioid crisis.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold an April 11 hearing on the recently released Opioid Response Crisis Act of 2018. The bipartisan draft bill grew out of six hearings on combating the opioid epidemic. The measure would give additional authority and funding to the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and several other health agencies to fight the epidemic, and it would increase funding to expand state resources and improve data sharing between states.

The April 11 hearing also will focus on drug monitoring programs, increasing information for prescribers, and expanding access to health screenings.

Meanwhile, 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 voting on opioid legislation before Memorial Day weekend.

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