What to know about the opioid crisis: What’s in the bill?
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President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday that provides federal emergency relief to those affected by the opioid epidemic.
Trump signed legislation that would give $1.9 billion in emergency relief for opioid addiction treatment and research.
The bill also authorizes up to $1 billion in direct spending on opioid addiction research and treatment for the states.
It also provides $5 billion to fund health care for those suffering from opioid addiction.
Read MoreTrump and his administration have been criticized for spending more on a crisis than it was originally intended.
A bill to address the crisis that was introduced in Congress by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, D-Calif., is awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives, but the legislation is currently not scheduled to be voted on in the Senate.
The House of Representative is scheduled to vote on a bill that would authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant health care benefits to all veterans who have had at least two opioid-related hospitalizations within the last six months, a move the Trump administration says will prevent more veterans from being forced to seek treatment.
The VA has not been able to determine whether the number of veterans with opioid- related hospitalizations is high enough to justify providing health benefits to those who may have been prescribed opioids.
In a letter sent Friday to the VA, Rohrabachers office said the number for veterans was likely overstated, and the agency was not currently taking action on those veterans.
Rohrabach said that since the VA has been unable to identify veterans who may not be eligible for health care, the VA will not be able to ensure that any additional payments are made to veterans who need them.
In the letter, Rohrbacher’s office said that while the VA does not currently know if any of the approximately 4,000 veterans who were given health care and were found eligible to receive benefits are opioid-dependent, the administration will consider funding additional payments to those veterans when they have completed the appropriate treatment.
The VA has made significant progress in reducing opioid-use among veterans, with overdose rates dropping to the lowest point in 20 years in 2016.
The opioid epidemic has been linked to a dramatic decline in the number and severity of the opioid-induced deaths in the United States.
President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday that provides federal emergency relief to those affected by the opioid epidemic.Trump signed…