State eyes mandatory drug testing for medicaid recipients

State lawmakers in Alabama are setting their sights on taxpayer-funded health care, with a new bill that would make drug testing mandatory for anyone receiving Medicaid.

The proposed law currently known as Senate Bill 26 was pre-filed by State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R) of Montgomery. If passed, it would require recipients of Medicaid and other state-funded health care programs to undergo drug testing in order to be eligible for benefits.Medicaid would be the biggest program covered.

State lawmakers said the number of illegal drug users receiving free health care courtesy of taxpayers has skyrocketed in recent years, with the estimated tab in the unknown millions.  State Sen. Arthur Orr (R) of Decatur said the proposed law would save valuable money while also forcing accountability.

By Staff Reports