Senate Health Spending Bill Progresses To The Floor
The measure, which provides appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies, has drawn rare bipartisan support. Also on Capitol Hill, a measure was introduced in the House which would direct HHS to train health professionals to identify patients who are victims of human trafficking. Meanwhile, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., is skeptical about the prospects of attaching a pending mental health reform bill to legislation focused on opioid abuse.
Rarity In Senate: Health Bill Advances With Bipartisan Support
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced its health spending bill to the Senate floor, drawing bipartisan support for the measure for the first time in seven years. (Sullivan 6/9)
Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Help Healthcare Providers Aid Human Trafficking Victims
A recently introduced bill could establish a program that would train healthcare providers to identify and aid human trafficking victims. The legislation, introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to train providers in hospitals and clinics to better identify patients who are being trafficked. The pilot program would be known as "Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond to Health and Wellness Training. The act would expand on current efforts to give healthcare providers the basic training needed to identify human trafficking victims and provide appropriate treatment. (6/9)
Upton Casts Doubt On Adding Mental Health To Opioid Conference
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is expressing skepticism about the idea of attaching a mental health bill to the conference committee working on opioid legislation. (Sullivan 6/9)