Mary Ellen McIntire

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Health Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is still aiming for a floor vote to overhaul the nation’s health insurance system before the July recess, even though major disagreements among Senate Republicans, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail the GOP’s efforts.

Price Clashes With Senators Over Path to Combat Opioid Crisis

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says combating the opioid crisis is one of his top priorities, a goal that has bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. But at a Thursday hearing, he faced pushback from senators of both parties who represent states that have been struck hardest by opioid addiction, who said the proposed HHS budget wouldn’t provide sufficient funding to fight the crisis.

Health: GOP Health Law Negotiations Complicated by Opioid Crisis

The nation’s opioid crisis is complicating the Senate GOP effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans can’t agree on a timeline to roll back the 2010 law’s expansion of Medicaid, which has allowed many Americans seeking substance-abuse treatment to gain coverage.