Bill would help addicted babies

WARREN — A bill introduced in the Senate, if it becomes law, could help fund Medicaid treatment for babies born addicted to drugs, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

The CRIB Act is part of a larger package of bills passing through the Senate that are intended to help with the effects of the opioid crisis, the release states.

The bill would cover costs to care for the babies in pediatric recovery facilities and cover care past the child’s first birthday, the release states.

Babies affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome require extra care and the specialized facilities are often more equipped to provide a setting that promotes bonding and a relaxed environment for the babies than intensive care units for newborns, the release states.