March 10--WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (DOhio) is among those urging the health insurance industry to step up its response to the opioid epidemic.

In 2016, the opioid crisis accounted for more than 63,000 deaths nationwide.

"We need to change the status quo, and that starts with insurers taking a hard look at their coverage policies," Brown said. "We need them to be a partner in this fight; it should be as easy for an Ohioan to get access to treatment as it is for them to get an opioid in the first place."

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