On Wednesday, May 16, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced four opioid crisis-related packages. The bipartisan measures, which are expected to move with other House bills under consideration, largely focus on combating the epidemic through strengthened prevention, provider and beneficiary education, and treatment options.
During the markup, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) did not offer an exact date for bill consideration by the full chamber. However, he expressed his commitment to “working together to move these important proposals to the House floor in the weeks ahead.”
The following bills were each approved by voice vote:
On Thursday, May 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) will hold a markup to consider a second batch of bills related to the opioid crisis. The proposals are anticipated to solicit somewhat contentious debates and include provisions related to public health, Medicare Part B and D programs, and Medicaid.