Rep. Melvin Henley’s pre-filed bill stripping welfare benefits from drug abusers has received one serious objection that weighs particularly heavily now that everyone is talking about budget deficits: cost of drug tests.
Rep. Ted Edmonds may have an answer. House Bill 78, pre-filed Friday, would require health insurers to cover drug tests ordered under such circumstances.
I’m generally not a big fan of health insurance mandates, but Henley’s bill requires welfare recipients authorities have reason to believe are abusing drugs to either take a drug test or lose their benefits.
I’m guessing most drug abusers would not bother to go through the exercise of taking a drug test so the costs would be very, very small.