U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown touted legislation to help newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, a withdrawal condition often caused by the use of opioids in pregnant women, during a Friday roundtable at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital.

Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, expects the Senate to pass the Caring Recovery for Infant and Babies [CRIB] Act on Monday as part of a larger addiction package. The proposal is co-sponsored by Brown and two Republican senators – Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.

The bill would allow Medicaid to cover certain health care services provided to infants in residential pediatric recovery facilities and hospitals suffering from the syndrome, and allow them to receive services after 1 year of age.

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