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September 2015
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  • IL House Takes First Step to Override Amendatory Veto on Heroin Legislation

    On Wednesday the Illinois House voted to override Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1, a comprehensive legislative package to address heroin and opioid abuse/addiction in Illinois.

    House supporters acted to restore the vetoed provisions, which primarily relate to coverage for addiction treatment services within the Medicaid program. The bill now goes before the Senate. If a supermajority of senators also votes to override, all provisions of House Bill 1 become law.

    ISMS was among several organizations and individuals who testified before the House Bipartisan Heroin Crisis Task Force, which created this legislation. ISMS also played a key role in amending the bill with the removal of provisions that would have imposed unnecessary burdens and criminalized the practice of medicine.

    Furthermore, ISMS blocked a provision that would have granted the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) broad authority to obtain and use prescribing habits of physicians as reported by the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

    House Bill 1 does include many provisions to address the very serious problem of opioid and heroin abuse, addiction and overdose:

    • Improves the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which will serve as a clinical tool for physicians and other prescribers.
    • Requires every State and local government agency employing law enforcement officers and firemen to have opioid antagonists and training for the administration of opioid antagonists. 
    • Amends the insurance code to make many changes regarding coverage for addiction treatment and mental health services.

    Read ISMS’ comprehensive analysis of House Bill 1.

    ISMS will keep you informed about this legislation via www.isms.org and Physician Advocate.

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