Rep. Andy Schor’s Bill on Opioid Treatment Clears Senate Committee

Bill would allow Medicaid patients to get help
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

LANSING — The Senate Committee on Health Policy unanimously passed state Rep. Andy Schor’s (D-Lansing) House Bill 4207 today, which codifies the ability of Michigan to use Medicaid dollars to provide medically assisted detoxification and “medically necessary clinical stabilization services,” commonly known as different forms of rehab, for people seeking help with opioid or heroin addiction.

“We hear about the opioid crisis here in Michigan and nationwide. The increases in abuse and overdose in the last decade are hurting our families and communities,” said Schor. “I’m happy the Senate is continuing the process of moving my bill to help address this health emergency.”

Research shows that success rates in recovery improve if people struggling with opioid abuse disorder have a safe place to receive medical oversight and assistance while they detox. Detoxing from opioid dependency can result in extremely unpleasant withdrawal effects that often lead people back to the opioids or heroin to alleviate the symptoms. Medically assisted detoxification alleviates the withdrawal symptoms and provides a supportive environment for those first crucial days when someone tries to break free from their addiction.

Similarly, many people struggling with opioid abuse disorder benefit from staying in a safe place in the initial days and weeks after detoxification. These facilities typically provide a range of services that help someone begin the process of adjusting to life without opioids.

“People should have access to detoxification regardless of their financial situation. My bill ensures that those on Medicaid will continue to have access to the care they need,” said Schor.