Senate adds $45B to BCRA for opioid treatment

GOP senators have added $45 billion to the Better Care Reconciliation Act and also included language to their healthcare bill that allows the application of Healthcare Savings Accounts toward insurance premiums, according to CBS News.

Moderate Republicans such as Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., previously expressed concerns with the BCRA's cuts to opioid funding since their states have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. It is still unclear exactly what programs the $45 billion will be put toward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to release the new version of the BCRA on Friday, with a vote on the bill to come after the July 4 recess.  

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