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S. 2872 (114th): NAS Healthy Babies Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 28, 2016 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2872

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 28, 2016

(for herself, Mr. Brown, and Mr. King) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nurturing And Supporting Healthy Babies Act or as the NAS Healthy Babies Act.

2.

GAO report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)

(a)

In general

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (in this section referred to as NAS) in the United States.

(b)

Information To be included in report

Such report shall include information on the following:

(1)

The prevalence of NAS in the United States, including the proportion of children born in the United States with NAS who are eligible for medical assistance under State Medicaid programs under title XIX of the Social Security Act at birth and the costs associated with NAS through such programs.

(2)

The services for which coverage is available under State Medicaid programs for treatment of infants with NAS.

(3)

The settings (including inpatient, outpatient, hospital-based, and other settings) for the treatment of infants with NAS and the reimbursement methodologies and costs associated with such treatment in such settings.

(4)

The prevalence of utilization of various care settings under State Medicaid programs for treatment of infants with NAS and any Federal barriers to treating such infants under such programs, particularly in nonhospital-based settings.

(c)

Recommendations

Such report also shall include such recommendations as the Comptroller General determines appropriate for improvements that will ensure access to treatment for infants with NAS under State Medicaid programs.