The American Health Care Act passed the House on Friday.
It would allow insurers to sell health care plans across state lines.
The bill has faced intense scrutiny from Republicans who say it is too far to the right and would undermine Obamacare’s essential health benefits.
But health care experts say the legislation could help address the opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 40,000 people since last year.
Here’s what you need to know about the opioid health care crisis.
Amita HealthCare, a nonprofit medical care provider in the Denver metro area, is one of the largest provider of emergency room services in the country.
It has seen a surge in patients in recent years.
Amita has treated more than 13,000 patients in the last two years, according to its website.
In the past five years, the company has seen more than 11,000 new cases of opioid-related illnesses, according a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It said it has treated 3,600 opioid-affected patients, including nearly 300 in the past three months.
It was one of six health care providers that received an exemption to the Obamacare mandate that all insurers offer plans that cover opioid-impaired people.
The bill would give insurance companies greater latitude to sell insurance across state borders.
It exempts companies that provide emergency care, such as hospitals and hospices, and health care facilities.
The insurance industry argues the provision would allow more doctors to treat patients in remote areas.
The provision is already part of Obamacare, but insurers are also exempt from the mandate if they sell insurance on the same basis as other health plans.
Under the legislation, insurers could sell insurance plans in the same geographic area, with one exception.
For some insurance plans, the companies would be allowed to sell plans across states.
But for others, such plans would have to be sold on the federal exchange.
Insurers would have two years to sell the plan in their state or sell plans in a different geographic area.
Under the new law, insurers would have up to three years to offer coverage.
But critics say the provision does not go far enough.
“The legislation is a good start, but the bill will do nothing to protect people from the opioid addiction epidemic,” said Sarah Wasko, the executive director of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
“The bill fails to protect the American people from a devastating crisis.”
The Trump administration has been criticized for being too quick to exempt insurance plans from the Obamacare requirement that everyone buy coverage.
The White House has said it would waive the Obamacare rule.
But the Congressional Budget Office has warned that the administration will likely end up having to rework the law and the tax credits.