The House passed a bill Wednesday to give federal funds to help pay for opioid addiction treatment programs that treat addicts who are addicted to opioids.
The bill, which passed the House 217-193, would allow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to pay for the addiction treatment services at least 90 percent of the cost.
Republicans have long complained about the cost of addiction treatment for many of the nation’s most vulnerable people.
Many argue that the costs of treatment are often too high and that it does not work.
Democrats have expressed concerns about the program’s effectiveness and said they are concerned about its funding and its effectiveness in treating addicts.
The bill is not yet final and must be signed by the president, but it will likely be passed in the coming days.
Last month, Congress passed a $5 billion funding bill for the opioid crisis.
The measure includes $1.6 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase treatment and addiction treatment efforts, and $1 billion for Medicaid to expand opioid addiction care.
In February, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House would move forward with an additional $2 billion in the opioid bill, but he did not specify where the money would come from.