WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers want to help babies born addicted to opioids because their mothers were using during pregnancy.
They're working on a bill called the "Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies" or CRIB act, that would allow Medicaid to pay for treatment in residential facilities.
A federal report found improving treatment options is one of the best ways to help these newborns.
"The crib act requires, directs federal agencies to streamline the process and recognize this type of best practice care structure," Said West Virginia Republican Senator Evan Jenkins.
This week, First Lady Melania Trump visited a clinic in West Virginia to raise awareness about the impact of drug use and possible solutions.
Congressman Evan Jenkins of West Virginia says the “CRIB Act” would increase access to recovery centers and allow families to use Medicaid to treat infants.
"The crib act requires, directs federal agencies to streamline the process and recognize this type of best practice care structure," Rep. Jenkins said.
Lawmakers say they are committed to passing the bill and getting families the help they need.