STATEHOUSE – State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1448, more commonly referred to as ‘The Jennifer Act,’ which deals with Medicaid coverage for mental health and drug addiction treatment. HEA 1448 was ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Pence.
“Sharon Blair sadly lost her daughter, Jennifer, to substance abuse, and since then, she has used her loss as a means to be a leader in advocating ways that can save lives by breaking the chain of addiction for Hoosiers,” said Rep. Davisson. “The Jennifer Act paves the way for individuals or family members in assisting their loved ones in getting into treatment.”
The Jennifer Act includes inpatient substance abuse detoxification services as a Medicaid service. The legislation also provides coverage to prescribe certain medications, such as Vivitrol and Suboxone, by the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning for medications, which would give physicians more tools to treat their patients.
“According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 255,000 Hoosiers over the age of 18 reported to have used pain relievers for a nonmedical purpose in 2013,” said Rep. Davisson. “This legislation works to address this issue by allowing Hoosiers access to more addiction treatments.”
The Jennifer Act was enacted into law on July 1, 2015.
Rep. Davisson represents all of Washington County and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison Counties.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Please find a photo of (left to right) Rep. Davisson, Sharon Blair, Governor Pence, Sen. Miller and Attorney General Zoeller during the signing of the Jennifer Act attached and below.