House overrides Rauner veto on heroin measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The House has overwhelmingly voted to override Rauner’s partial veto of a measure to battle heroin abuse. The vote was 105-5 to reject Rauner’s removal of Medicaid coverage from the measure.

Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says there are more heroin-related deaths in Illinois than any other state. He says his legislation could make the state a leader “for the resolution of this crisis.”

Rauner used an amendatory veto to remove expanded Medicaid coverage for medication and treatment.

Rauner pointed out that Medicaid already covers some anti-heroin medications. But proponents want coverage for widely used and effective methadone, which treats addiction, and anti-overdose drug that goes by the name Narcan.

The legislation moves to the Senate for possible override.