Feb 14, 2018 - Health

Senate health committee to host meeting with insurers about opioids

Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander

Sens. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray will meet tomorrow with senators and insurance executives to discuss the opioid crisis. "It’s similar to the health care round tables that Sen. Murray and I had, which were so successful in the fall [and] helped us come to a consensus on Alexander-Murray," Alexander told reporters.

Between the lines: Congress has already agreed to spend $6 billion on the opioid crisis and related mental-health issues, but this meeting suggests lawmakers are still interested understanding more about the industry's ability to help and control the epidemic.

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