Join Roll Call Live for an engaging half-day discussion about the opioid epidemic facing the United States. Roll Call Live, featuring CQ’s editorial expertise, will convene members of Congress and other stakeholders to consider how the federal government can address the growing opioid crisis, including for the veteran community. In addition to working through potential solutions, Roll Call Live will present and discuss the findings from a recently completed study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Welcome Remarks
David Hawkings, Senior Congressional Editor of Roll Call
Sponsored Remarks
David Cordani, President and CEO, Cigna
Fireside Chat with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA)
This conversation will be moderated by CQ’s Kellie Mejdrich and will span a number of larger topics related to the opioids crisis with a particularly close look at addressing concerns and treatment options for veterans.
Panel Discussion: Legislative Efforts to End the Opioid Crisis
featuring Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH); Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health, City of Baltimore; and Cynthia Reilly, Director, Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

This panel will be moderated by CQ’s Andrew Siddons and focus in on Republican efforts to reshape the health care system that would have a major impact on preventing drug abuse and overdose deaths, likely resulting in higher costs for coverage that includes addiction treatment, as well as stretched state Medicaid budgets that might squeeze out treatment coverage for lower-income people. While Republicans in the House worried about opioid abuse won $15 billion devoted to mental health and addiction treatment in exchange for their support, Senators worried about drug abuse might be a tougher sell for anything that could hinder access to drug treatment.
Panel Discussion: Successful Interventions for Opioid Addiction: Views from U.S. Medical Practitioners, Community Members and Veterans
featuring Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton, OH; Dr. Amy Kilbourne, Acting Director, VA Health Services Research and Development and Director, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; and Allison Jaslow, Executive Director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

This panel will be moderated by The Economist Group’s Josselyn Simpson and explore the views of medical and addiction-treatment professionals and community-based experts on what’s really working on the front lines to address opioid addiction. The panel will be driven by new research conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit exploring perceptions of successful interventions in all 50 states. Panelists will bring their expertise to bear on discussing the perceptions, the realities and the right next steps.

Click here to download the EIU Executive Summary of Successful Interventions for Opioid Addiction: Views from U.S. Medical Practitioners, Community Members and Veterans
Sponsor Interview
David Cordani, President and CEO, Cigna