"There's an argument among health providers that this is a major component to deal with, particularly a lot of suicides as well, that we're seeing today," he said.
On K Street, groups are gearing up for debates over entitlement reform.
The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs, will release recommendations for "modernizing" Medicare and Social Security at a press conference Wednesday.
The event will involve Gary Loveman, CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T; and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable.
A. Barry Rand, chief executive of AARP, will also speak about retirement security Tuesday at the National Press Club.
On Capitol Hill, House lawmakers will consider legislation providing relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The bill from House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) gives a total of $17 billion in aid, including $3.9 billion to repair local roads, utilities and publicly owned hospitals.
An additional $100 million would go to the Department of Health and Human Services to repair social service facilities and recoup equipment and other losses related to federal research studies. The Department of Veterans Affairs would receive $235 million to repair its medical facilities.
Lawmakers will also take up a variety of organizational tasks as the 113th Congress gets under way. On Monday, the Ways and Means Committee will review its rules in a logistical meeting.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen Sebelius65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Fauci: 'Horrifying' to hear CPAC crowd cheering anti-vaccination remarks The Memo: Biden and Democrats face dilemma on vaccine mandates MORE has two public events this week — remarks on Tuesday at the National Action Network Martin Luther King Day Luncheon, and on Friday at a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors.
—This post was updated at 3:04 p.m. with Sebelius's schedule.