Marco Rubio Wants to Fight Predatory Patient Referral System
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Thursday introduced legislation that would make it illegal to provide, or receive, financial kickbacks for referring patients to recovery homes and clinical treatment facilities. The Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act would also fine anyone found guilty up to $200,000 or 10 years of prison, or both; and establish common-sense exceptions to enable legitimate cases of patient referral. “Too many Americans suffering as a result of the opioid epidemic are exploited by bad actors seeking to make a profit from addiction,” Rubio said. “This 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.” More here.