The Illinois House has overwhelmingly voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s partial veto of a measure to battle heroin abuse. The vote was 105-5 to reject Rauner’s removal of Medicaid coverage from the measure.
Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang says there are more heroin-related deaths in Illinois than any other state. He says his legislation could make the state a leader “for the resolution of this crisis.”
Rauner used an amendatory veto to remove expanded Medicaid coverage for medication and treatment. Rauner pointed out that Medicaid already covers some anti-heroin medications. But supporters of the bill want coverage for widely used and effective methadone, which treats addiction, and anti-overdose drug that goes by the name Narcan.
The legislation moves to the Senate for possible override.