Bill would require drug testing for MaineCare

Posted April 25, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers are considering a bill to require random drug testing for MaineCare recipients.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello of Wilton, would suspend benefits for MaineCare recipients who test positive for scheduled drugs.

The bill was reviewed Monday by the Health and Human Services Committee, which also took up several other bills relating to MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program.

Saviello’s bill is opposed by the American Association of Social Workers’ Maine chapter. Its executive director, Susan Lamb, says people with serious mental illness have a high rate of substance abuse, and without treatment for their addictions, they will spiral downhill.

 

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