Gov. Ducey’s opioid plan part of a bipartisan effort to curb epidemic
Jan. 24, 2018
Governor Doug Ducey says one of his primary items on his agenda for this year is to crack down on the opioid epidemic, and Democrats are eager to help pave the road to recovery.
State Sen. Steve Farley says the Democrats were consulted on the opioid plan that went that was presented to the legislature. The party’s focus isn’t on attacking the problem from just the supply standing point but from the demand side. Farley says he wants to see more treatment opportunities in the package.
Democrats in the legislature offer several propositions and initiatives for helping this addiction problem. State Rep. Rebecca Rios points out that the Democrats are trying to put $10 million toward treating the uninsured, limit first-time prescriptions so they don’t exceed five days worth of the drug and create diversion a program that offers a safe place to independently seek help without fear or shame.
Farley and Rios also discuss non-English insurance contacts. There is an insurance company that offers their contracts in two languages – English and Spanish – but they say they are not accountable for what is promised in the Spanish document. Farley says this sets up a chance for fraud and taking advantage of people who aren’t English speakers.
The two lawmakers also spoke about the salary of the state legislature, which hasn’t been raised in over 20 years. Rios says that you get what you pay for. If lawmakers aren’t paid a decent salary then it dissuades a lot of people from running for office. However, Farley made clear that he wants to see teacher salaries be raised before he sees an increase in his own pay check.