“The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday co-sponsored by Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King that seeks to focus federal efforts on reducing the number of infants who experience opiate withdrawal when they are born.
Studies say medical care for a baby suffering from opiate withdrawal, called neonatal abstinence syndrome, is more than five times as expensive as for other newborns, with most of those costs borne by Medicaid.
The Protecting Our Infants Act instructs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the problem, focusing on gaps in research and gaps and duplication in treatment and prevention programs. It also calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with states to improve data collection and implement public health measures to address the problem.”
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Source: PressHerald.com – October 22, 2015