Jared Henderson, the Democratic candidate for governor, has released a list of ideas to improve access to health care and reduce costs, leading with an end to the computer-only work reporting requirement for participation in the expanded Medicaid program. “Our focus needs to be ensuring that Medicaid funds are spent appropriately and effectively, not making it harder for citizens that need coverage to get it,” he said.
The list includes this on opioid addiction:
Arkansas has the 2nd highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the nation. As governor, I will expand the capacity of treatment centers, promote evidence-based practices, and emphasize accessibility to medication-assisted treatment, like buprenorphine – a drug that has shown huge promise in treating addiction. We will also convene a multi-disciplinary task force of healthcare professionals, mental health experts, and law enforcement to ensure that we have thoughtful, appropriate measures on all fronts of this challenge.