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Advocacy - Get Involved!

Welcome to Heartview's Advocacy Page!   Advocating for recovery is important as it helps citizens better understand the disease of addiction and the policies to foster recovery.  Here you will find information on several bills that impact recovery, links to important legislative information and how you can become involved and use your voice to create change.

"Take a stand.  Your voice has power."

We need you now more than ever and hope you will continue to use your voice throughout the rest of the session. 

NOW is the time for your voices to be heard!  Your presence and active participation is critical to a successful legislative session!

1-18-17 ---- 2017 Legislative Update:

Hello Family members, patients and friends of Heartview!  It has been a busy start to this session, we are closely monitoring several bills, but of particular importance on our radar right now are three bills that relate to Medicaid Expansion.  

 House Bill No. 1032 - Medicaid Expansion Reimbursement Rates. This bill removes the July 31, 2017, sunset for the Medicaid Expansion program, provides Medicaid Expansion provider reimbursement rates are the same as the provider reimbursement rates set for traditional Medicaid, and removes the requirement Medicaid Expansion be provided through a private carrier or by utilizing the health insurance exchange. (Health Care Reform Review Committee)

 House Bill No. 1033 - Medicaid Expansion Cost-Sharing and Medicaid Care Coordination Agreements. This bill removes the July 31, 2017, sunset for the Medicaid Expansion program, removes the requirement Medicaid Expansion be provided through a private carrier or by utilizing the health insurance exchange, directs the Department of Human Services to pursue a federal Medicaid waiver to allow the department to implement premium cost-sharing for individuals enrolled in Medicaid Expansion if the cost-sharing program does not have a negative fiscal effect for the state, and directs the department to pursue care coordination agreements to increase federal reimbursement for Medicaid-eligible American Indians. (Health Care Reform Review Committee)

 House Bill No. 1034 - Medicaid Expansion Reimbursement Rates Transparency. This bill removes the July 31, 2017, sunset for the Medicaid Expansion program, removes the requirement Medicaid Expansion be provided through a private carrier or by utilizing the health insurance exchange, provides if the Department of Human Services contracts with a private carrier, the contract must provide the department with full access to provider reimbursement rates and the department is directed to consider these rates in selecting a private carrier; and directs the department to report to the Legislative Management regarding provider reimbursement rates under the Medicaid Expansion program. (Health Care Reform Review Committee)

 House Appropriations Committee will be meeting beginning at 2:30p on THURSDAY January 19, 2017 in the Roughrider Room.  We are hoping to FILL THE ROOM with folks that are in support of Medicaid Expansion and keeping it in North Dakota.  If you would like to testify you may, however, we also want to encourage as many people as possible to come and support and sign their name to vote YES on this important legislation. 

The bills are above, and I am working on some simpler language to provide to you so it is a little more clear and easier to understand what each bill would do.  Attached also is a one pager that includes information from a Medicaid expansion committee that my husband is heading up and includes Heartview.

 If you can be in the room tomorrow, we urge you to contact your representative and ask them to support keeping Medicaid expansion in ND.  It is vital to the area of Behavioral Health and Addiction!

Here is link to find yours: Find My Legislators

 

To review some of the Bills from previous sessions:

SB2070: Relating to immunity from criminal liability for an individual who reports a medical emergency involving drugs. (aka Good Samaritan Bill) Passed!

SB2104: Relating to immunity from liability related to opioid antagonists and limited prescriptive authority for Naloxone rescue kits (aka: NARCAN bill) Passed!

SB2045: to provide an appropriation to the department of human services for a voucher system for addiction treatment services; and to provide for a report to the legislative management. 

HB1464: Relating to the definition of alcohol (aka Powdered Alcohol Bill)

HB1430: Relating to the use of Medical Marijuana

House Bill 1464

The Feds approved Powdered Alcohol this week!!  :(

Please make sure you contact your legislators and help them to understand how dangerous this is for our state!  

HB 1464 is a bill that would prohibit the sale, distribution, purchase possession or consumation of any powdered alcohol product.  

As of this date, "Palcohol" as it is called is not approved nor regulated by the FDA.  Powdered alcohol is currently banned in six states and several other states including North Dakota are considering a ban.  This frightening trend is emerging around the US as a trendy new way to enjoy cocktails.  The reality is that this trend is extremely dangerous and would likely lead to severe consequences for people.

Alcohol in liquid form is already difficult to regulate, and manage for anyone but especially for a person with a substance use disorder.  Palcohol would likely even harder to maintain control over Proponents of the substance tout its efficiency ("no more lugging heavy bottles of liquid!") and say that prohibiting a substance only makes it more alluring.

Opponents say that the “potential for abuse of this product far outweighs any value it may have in the marketplace.” Palcohol would be easily concealed; making it a concern for youth as well as others.  Improper use of the powder including snorting it is also a noted concern.  

We hope you will consider contacting your legislator and asking them to vote in support of HB1464.  Feel free to use some of the examples above as why Palcohol dangerous and be sure to include your own personal information and story as a testament to addictive substances. We need to keep Palcohol out of the hands of North Dakotans.  This is a serious public health concern.  

We also hope you will join us for the committee hearing Wednesday at 1/28 at 10:50

Find a link to the We Oppose Palcohol Facebook page here

Find a link to the text of the bill here

Senate Bill 2104

UPDATE - The committee passed SB2104, the Narcan bill out with a "Do Pass" recommendation! 

SB2104 – Narcan bill was heard on the Senate floor  (1/22/15) and  PASSED unanimously! (46 yeas, 0 neas) Onto the house with this one. 

On TUESDAY JANUARY 20TH at 11am SB2104 also known as the Narcan Bill will be presented at the Senate Human Services Committee in the Red River Room.  This bill addresses the need for the Opiate Antagonist Narcan to be available to private citizens and healthcare professionals.

If you have a personal story of how you have been saved by Narcan, or know of someone that was WE NEED YOU. If you are a professional in the field of behavioral health and see the devastation that opiate addiction causes WE NEED YOU! Please consider testifying in favor of this bill.

If you don’t feel comfortable testifying; simply BEING AT THE HEARING and signing your name to the clipboard that you are FOR this bill is powerful and helpful. 

We can’t do this alone.  Narcan is a lifesaving drug.  It is no more harmful than Ibuprofen, and should be used similar to the way we use epi pens.  ND needs to have Narcan available to save lives.

You can find a link to the text of the bill here

Here is a link to a list of the Senate Human Services Committee members

I encourage you to contact them AND the legislator for your district and encourage a DO PASS vote.

For further reading on Narcan –

Here is a link to the Narcan page on Drugs.com

Here is a link information on STEVES LAW in Minnesota which allows for Narcan and immunity and is similar to the Bills we are hoping ND will pass.

Here is a link to a news story from last Spring on the Today Show on NBC about Narcan

We already have great momentum going.  Let’s keep it up!  Your voice has power!

 

Senate Bill 2045

On Wednesday 1/14/15 - the House Human Services Committee held a hearing and accepted testimony regarding SB2045 also known as the addiction services voucher system bill.

The goal of SB2045 is to establish and administer a voucher system to assist in the payment of addiction treatment services provided by private providers.  

Some other things that SB2045 aims to accomplish is:

      *increase access to much needed treatment services throughout the state of ND

        *identify other unmet needs in behavioral health services throughout ND

         *build a more unified system of behavioral and addiction healthcare in ND

         *build legislative support for behavioral health professionals

         *provide a stronger integration of services throughout ND

Please share this important legislation with your colleagues and please consider writing letters or emails of support for a “do pass”!

You can find a full text of SB2045 here

Here is a link to the Senate Human Services Committee 

Please email each of the members asking for their support.

It is also helpful to send letter or email to your representatives. Every person in North Dakota has three.

Here is link to find yours: Find My Legislators

 

Senate Bill 2070

NEW UPDATE (4/2/15) - SB2070 (The Immunity Bill) PASSED the House yesterday!!!!!!!  This means that soon, in ND individuals will be able to contact help when a friend has overdosed without fear of prosecution.

I want to thank all who participated, prayed, contacted legislators, and worked to make this happen.  It is truly an amazing thing when we have legislators that had previously opposed the Bill carry it onto the floor.  That speaks to the wonderful power of support!  You all are amazing, we could not have done it without you!  Thank you for being an advocate for recovery in North Dakota.

Here is a short news article from the Tribune on the Bill

On Tuesday January 13, 2015 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 2070. This bill relates to the immunity from criminal liability for an individual who reports a medical emergency involving drugs.  Please share this important legislation with your colleagues and please consider writing letters or emails of support for a “do pass”!

Here is a link to SB 2070 - Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan Law Fact Sheet

 

Here is a link to the: Senate Judiciary Committee  Please email each of the members asking for their support

It is also helpful to send letter or email to your representatives. Every person in North Dakota has three. Here is link to find yours: Find My Legislators

Let’s come together and change our world!

 

 

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