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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


October 10, 2017
Press Release
“Tragically, the demand for centers like Lily’s Place is greater than ever.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) welcomed First Lady Melania Trump at the Tri-State Airport today as she arrived to visit Lily’s Place.

“I was honored to welcome First Lady Melania Trump to my hometown of Huntington and thank her for visiting Lily’s Place to learn more about caring for babies born drug exposed. I helped to start Lily’s Place more than three years ago to provide specialized care for newborns exposed to heroin and other opioids,” Rep. Jenkins said.

“Tragically, the demand for centers like Lily’s Place is greater than ever, but laws haven’t caught up to allow them to be fully recognized by Medicaid. That’s why I wrote and introduced the CRIB Act to allow centers like Lily’s Place to expand and improve treatment for these newborns. Every baby deserves a chance at a happy and healthy start to life, and I look forward to working with the first lady and President Trump to combat the opioid crisis,” he said.

The CRIB Act is very similar to the Cradle Act Rep. Jenkins introduced in the 114th Congress. The bill would establish residential pediatric care centers within Medicaid to treat babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to opioids during pregnancy. This legislation would establish a provider type for NAS treatment centers clearly defining residential pediatric recovery centers. This legislation also includes an emphasis on residential pediatric recovery centers offering counseling to the mothers and families to help build those important connections from birth.