State Rep. Ann Bollin today voted to approve a plan making sure patients at Michigan health care facilities are offered an opportunity to avoid being offered, prescribed or administered opioids.
Bollin, of Brighton Township, said the bipartisan proposal is part of an ongoing effort to combat Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic.
“It’s heartbreaking. So many families in our community have been impacted by the opioid crisis,” Bollin said. “For people struggling with addiction and those in recovery, it’s crucial that they are presented with other pain management options and given the opportunity to opt out of opioids.”
House Bills 5261-5264 require health care providers and insurers to make non-opioid directive forms available upon plan enrollment. Non-opioid forms not only allow patients to make their own medical decisions, but also bring patient awareness to alternative options to prevent initial exposure to opioids.
The Opioid Opt-Out plan was approved with bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) on Wednesday disclosed it paid out an estimated $8.5 billion to fraudulent claims. This is in addition to the nearly $4 billion in ineligible payments discovered by the Auditor General in a November 2021 performance audit. State Rep. Ann Bollin issued the following statement: