Feb 14, 2018

Senate health committee to host meeting with insurers about opioids

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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Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

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The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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