Governor Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to prevent heroin overdoses, saying that one of the bill’s provisions will be at to great of a financial cost to the state.
The governor used his amendatory veto powers to remove a section from the legislation that requires Medicaid coverage for major addiction-fighting and anti-overdose drugs. Rauner says the requirements for Medicaid coverage are too costly.
The bipartisan legislation would increase the availability of anti-overdose drugs, require first responders to dispense them, and provide more treatment as an option over jail time.
Supporters of the bill say the savings from curing addicts would far outweigh the costs and that restricting Medicaid coverage would cut out a sector from treatment.