Monday, November 30, 2015

Reducing Disparities

File under: doctrine of unintended consequences.

S.799 - Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

Whitman's Sampler:
HHS must publish a report that includes: 
  • an assessment of existing research on neonatal abstinence syndrome; an evaluation of the causes, and barriers to treatment, of opioid use disorders among women of reproductive age and recommendations on preventing opioid use disorders in these women; 
  • an evaluation of, and recommendations on, treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorders and the effects of prenatal opioid use on infants; and 
  • an evaluation of the differences in prenatal opioid use between demographic groups and recommendations on reducing disparities [emphasis added].

A curious approach to legislation. Mandated demographic discrimination. I'm sure this will proceed swimmingly.

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