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Bill Seeks to Eliminate Kickbacks that Exploit Recovering Addicts

Posted by Ann Fitz | Sep 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Too many Americans suffering as a result of the opioid epidemic are exploited by illicit actors seeking to make a profit from addiction Rubio said in a statement My bill will help stop the cash flow for middlemen involved in illicit sober homes and paid referrals I remain committed to addressing this important issue that has left no part of the state untouched

Sen. Marco Rubio announced last week that he is preparing to introduce a bill to Congress that would prohibit middleman drug addiction call centers from making money off of patient referrals to rehabilitation services (i.e., “patient brokering”) without verifying that the treatment provider is reputable.

Call centers are notorious for late-night television ads that urge people with drug addiction to call for help. When a potential patient calls in, the call center can refer them to a treatment provider who pays a commission for the referral, regardless of whether the caller ends up in treatment or gets sober. Rubio said in a statement that the current system exploits those who need help by enabling illicit actors to make a profit from addiction.

This bill follows the Sober Homes Fraud Detection Act which was introduced back in May by Rubio and Sen. Bill Nelson to help combat health care fraud by identifying potentially illicit sober home providers through red flags like high levels of recidivism and giving local law enforcement the ability to investigate and shut down homes that don't provide a safe recovery environment for addicts.

Read more here: Rubio wants to stop kickbacks that keep drug addicts perpetually in recovery

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