MHA-supported Healthcare Bills Move to Full Senate

Posted on June 07, 2017

On June 6, the Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), reported out bills that are a part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s bipartisan bill package aimed at combating Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic. The MHA-supported Senate Bill (SB) 270 is among the bills headed to the Senate floor. The MHA was a member of Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Taskforce, which made the recommendation for this legislation.

SB 270 would require prescribers to review patient medical records and history, create and maintain records of a patient’s medical condition and ensure a plan for follow-up care is in place before prescribing Schedule II-V controlled substances to a patient.

The committee also reported out MHA-supported SB 360, which would allow pharmacies to dispense up to a 90-day supply of a prescription drug at one time. The MHA Legislative Policy Panel voted to support this bill at its May meeting because SB 360 would help to achieve better medical outcomes due to higher medication adherence. For more information, contact Paige Fults at the MHA. 

Tags: opioid, SB 270, SB 360, Senate Health Policy Committee

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare

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