Estimates guess that opioid-dependent babies are born every 19 minutes. That’s a national tragedy. This bill seeks to improve the quality of care those babies receive both at the hospital and once they’ve been released by ensuring that HHS gets states to comply with current child welfare requirements.
There are existing federal laws on this subject that far too many states aren’t in compliance with. Congress shouldn’t pass this or other legislation related to the care received by babies born suffering from substance abuse — unless it includes harsh punishments for states that don’t comply.