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Rubio Asks Sessions to Lend a Hand in Opioids Fight

Rubio Asks Sessions to Lend a Hand in Opioids Fight
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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:16 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clamp down on insurance fraud and illicit sober homes and treatment centers as they relate to the battle against opioid abuse.

Rubio sent a letter to Sessions Tuesday that detailed his request.

"The nation's opioid epidemic has devastated far too many American families. The possibility of losing a loved one is already frightening enough that those seeking help should not also have to worry about unscrupulous actors posing as legitimate treatment centers," Rubio wrote. "Many of these centers profit from expensive and oftentimes unnecessary treatments, and in some cases, care for which charges accrued was not administered."

The 2016 presidential candidate then discussed examples of sober homes not operating as promised and certain facilities receiving kickbacks.

"While state and local law enforcement officials have taken aggressive steps to address this problem, I believe the federal government must use every tool at its disposal to identify and route out wrongdoers," Rubio wrote.

"I request that you — to the fullest extent possible — investigate claims of kickbacks and false statements associated with Federal health plans, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) health insurance plans, and the interstate commerce of private insurance plans. Additionally, I ask that you develop a strategy to target disreputable treatment centers and sober homes in Florida to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the devastation they have caused."

The spotlight has been on the nationwide opioid abuse epidemic since last year. It's been estimated that more than 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clamp down on insurance fraud and illicit sober homes and treatment centers as they relate to the battle against opioid abuse.
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