(AP) Care planning and compassionate care plans have become a major battleground in the opioid crisis.
Now, some states are trying to bring the tools to their own communities.
A new state law would give families the option to choose the type of plan they want and could create a market for such plans.
It would require states to have a program for health plans and to provide an option for people to purchase one if they want it.
Under the bill, which was introduced by Kentucky Republican Rep. Steve Capp, any plans that are approved by the state would be subject to federal approval.
State leaders hope that offering such options could help people navigate the health care system.
Kentucky has seen a surge in the number of opioid overdose deaths, with nearly 50,000 people dying of overdoses last year.
Capp’s bill would make the process simpler and allow the state to offer an alternative plan to help those who are struggling financially or struggling to make ends meet.
Kentuckians could also take advantage of the state’s online health marketplace to shop for a plan, according to the Kentucky Department of Health.