Tipton and Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Present Legislative Agenda
The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force presented its legislative agenda for the 115th Congress on June 27, 2017. As a member of the task force, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) joined his colleagues to discuss the agenda and highlight his priorities in the 115th Congress.
During a press conference to announce the agenda, Tipton spoke about the impact neonatal abstinence syndrome, the condition of babies born with opioid addictions, is having in the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.
“Last summer, I visited the unit at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, that treats babies who are born addicted to opioids and other drugs. The suffering that newborns experience while they go through drug withdrawals is truly heartbreaking. In Colorado, neonatal abstinence syndrome is up by 91 percent since 2012. This is why the CRIB Act is so important,” Tipton said.
The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies Act, or CRIB Act, would allow residential pediatric care centers to receive reimbursements for neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment through the Medicaid program. The bill also emphasizes the importance of treating neonatal abstinence syndrome in a residential setting, where parents can access counseling and recovery services.
The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force 115th Congress Legislative Agenda: