State Representative Beau LaFave

State Representative Beau LaFave LaFave serves as the chairman of the Military, Veterans & Homeland Security Committee and vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the Insurance, Oversight, Agriculture, and Reducing Car Insurance Rates committees.

DISTRICT State Representative Beau LaFave was first elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House to represent the people of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. COMMITTEES LaFave serves as the chairman of the Military, Veterans & Homeland Security committee and vice chairman of the Judiciary committee. EDUCATION LaFave graduated from Kingsford High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Economy in 2015 from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He then completed one year at Wayne State University Law School in pursuit of his Juris Doctorate degree. Beau has decided to temporarily put his law degree on hold to serve the people of the Upper Peninsula. PERSONAL A lifelong resident of Dickinson County in the 108th District, LaFave lives in Iron Mountain. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.

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Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our fre...
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom.

245 Years of Honor, Courage, and CommitmentToday, we remember the service and sacrifice of all Marines and honor the leg...
11/10/2020

245 Years of Honor, Courage, and Commitment

Today, we remember the service and sacrifice of all Marines and honor the legacy passed down through generations. Happy Birthday, Marines!

🚨HAPPENING NOW🚨 House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee. Watch live:
11/07/2020
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🚨HAPPENING NOW🚨 House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee. Watch live:

Please note that we are experiencing higher than average streaming activity. When the senate is in an extended recess or a recess to a time certain, the stream will be offline. The stream will resume 10 minutes before the Senate returns to order. We appreciate your patience during this time.

11/06/2020
Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Due to multiple counties voting irregulatities in both Southern MI and Northern MI, I will be returning to Lansing tomorrow for an 11 AM Oversight Committee Hearing. I will vote to subpoena records and compel bureaucrats to testify under oath. I have reliable sources teling me that laws were broken. The goal is to ensure no evidence is destroyed and all irregularities can be closely examined and investigated fully. The Legislature will provide transparency, accountability, and fairness. This is not about overturning an election. This is about proving that the numbers reported truly reflect the will of the people of Michigan.

Happy First Responders Day to all the dedicated individuals who have been bravely fighting on the frontlines every day! ...
10/28/2020

Happy First Responders Day to all the dedicated individuals who have been bravely fighting on the frontlines every day! Your willingness to serve and help your fellow man has saved countless lives. Thank you for your service!

10/16/2020
Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

SOS’s ban of open carry at polls is appalling overreach

Today I issue the following statement after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made new guidelines banning people from openly carry firearms at polling locations on Election Day:

The Democrat party has a history of voter suppression. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that the Secretary of State is playing these cheap political games. The idea that she must prevent people from exercising their Second Amendment rights for our elections to be safe and secure is absolutely false. Secretary Benson is fearmongering to suppress voters, and it’s appalling.
While some polling locations like churches and schools are already ‘pistol-free’ zones under state statute, with limited exceptions, any unilateral action by the executive branch, Secretary of State or Attorney General banning firearms in other polling places is unlawful, unenforceable and a violation of citizens’ voting rights and their right to self-defense.
The right to vote and the right to keep and bear arms are not mutually exclusive. No voter should be forced to choose between these fundamental principles. There’s no way her ban passes constitutional muster. I have no doubt a lawsuit will be forthcoming. Just like the governor’s orders were deemed unconstitutional last week by the independent Supreme Court, the Secretary of State will soon lose her day in court as well.

I know firsthand that COVID-19 is very real, and it’s even more of a threat for our vulnerable residents. It’s great tha...
10/15/2020
Rep. LaFave supports plan to improve state’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

I know firsthand that COVID-19 is very real, and it’s even more of a threat for our vulnerable residents.

It’s great that the Michigan Supreme Court ruling has brought everyone back to the table, so we can improve our state’s response to the pandemic moving forward.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 517-373-0156.

State Rep. Beau LaFave and the Michigan House have approved several measures to continue protecting Michigan families from COVID-19 and craft a smarter plan of action for the remainder of the pandemic.

My office has received questions about TRICARE and whether TRICARE plans are eligible to opt out of PIP medical benefits...
10/13/2020
Get Proof of TRICARE Coverage | TRICARE

My office has received questions about TRICARE and whether TRICARE plans are eligible to opt out of PIP medical benefits under no-fault reform. I am pleased to share that the United States Department of Defense has offered clarity that TRICARE plans DO cover auto accident injuries and all TRICARE plans have deductibles under $6,000 per year. With this assurance, DIFS has issued Bulletin 2020-39 clarifying that TRICARE insurance meets the standard of Qualified Health Coverage (QHC).

As with any other QHC product, TRICARE enrollees will need to show proof of coverage in order to opt out. You can retrieve this necessary documentation online at www.tricare.mil/Plans/Eligibility/DEERS/milConnect/Proof. The Department of Defense and DIFS have acknowledged that this documentation does not include all information that an agent or insurer may request. Therefore, DIFS has also advised that TRICARE enrollees be prepared to show documentation for their date of birth and should also consider having a copy of Bulletin 2020-39 to avoid any confusion.

If you need additional assistance please reach out to my office at 517-373-0156.

There are disaster alerts in California due to wildfires and Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi due to Hurricane Delta. Emergency refill procedures have been extended in Florida due to Hurricane Sally.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy!
10/13/2020

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Join in the cause to ...
10/05/2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Join in the cause to help women in need today, for more information please visit: womenshealth.gov/breast-cancer

BREAKING: Michigan’s highest court this evening handed the people of Michigan a huge win by ruling Gov. Whitmer’s action...
10/03/2020
Gov. has no authority to continue state of emergency, Michigan Supreme Court rules

BREAKING: Michigan’s highest court this evening handed the people of Michigan a huge win by ruling Gov. Whitmer’s actions have been unconstitutional.

It’s also a huge victory for our system of democracy.

The people have always deserved to have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect their lives and livelihoods. The Constitution is clear – government is designed to have leaders work together to solve problems. This is the way it is supposed to be.

This common-sense ruling does not mean the COVID-19 crisis is over. The Legislature has been hard at work, and we stand ready and willing to work with the governor to help manage the state’s response.

So let’s get to work for the people of Michigan. Together!

The court made the ruling in a split decision Friday.

10/02/2020
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With temperatures getting cooler and residents still being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, here is some information to help manage utility bills as home heating season nears. As always, if you need additional assistance, please contact my office at 517-373-0156 or [email protected].

Deer archery seasons opens today in Michigan and runs through Nov. 14, then reopens Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. Don't miss yo...
10/01/2020

Deer archery seasons opens today in Michigan and runs through Nov. 14, then reopens Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. Don't miss your chance to take a shot a that elusive 10 pt. buck! Wishing you all good luck and a safe hunt.

09/29/2020
Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Here’s a quick update, because I want to be honest with everyone and explain why you have not seen me around town for a bit. Today I tested positive for COVID-19, and I have been self-quarantining at home. I appreciate everyone who has already reached out and offered support.
Thankfully, the worst of my symptoms came and went this weekend, and I'm feeling much better. I am following the doctor’s orders and working from home through at least the middle of next week. I’ll be back out working for the U.P. as soon I can ensure I am not a risk to others.
I am working with the staff at the Capitol to inform everyone who was in contact with me during votes on the budget, election issues, and other topics last week. Fortunately, I was following the strict protocols we have in place before I was tested, including social distancing, frequent hand sanitizing/washing, and wearing a mask.
For my neighbors in the U.P., there is no need to worry. After coming home from Lansing late Thursday night, I have not come into contact with anyone. I will continue to follow the best medical guidance and protocols to make sure that stays the case.
Thank you Dickinson County Hospital and Dickinson-Iron Health Department for your kind, compassionate, and professional work.

09/26/2020
Representative Beau Matthew LaFave

Bad thunderstorm! Stay safe

55mph wind and half-dollar sizes hail incoming for Wallace and surrounding areas of Menominee County. Seek shelter until after 6:45 Central. Most of central and western UP likely to get a lot of rain tonight. Stay safe!

ICYMI: We are all trying our best to stay healthy, so if you're interested in this opportunity don't miss out! Public He...
09/25/2020
Drive-thru flu shot clinic planned

ICYMI: We are all trying our best to stay healthy, so if you're interested in this opportunity don't miss out! Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties will be holding its annual community drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 26. The clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 2920 College Ave., Escanaba, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..

ESCANABA — Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties will be holding its annual community drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 26. The clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 2920 College Ave., Escanaba, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost for the flu shot is $30. Also available th...

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unfortunately today’s office hours have been cancelled. I apologize for an inconvenience that this ma...
09/25/2020

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unfortunately today’s office hours have been cancelled. I apologize for an inconvenience that this may cause. We will reschedule as soon as possible. In the meantime if you need assistance, please contact my office at 517-373-0156.

ICYMI: Join me tomorrow at an office hour near you!
09/24/2020

ICYMI: Join me tomorrow at an office hour near you!

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today said they both support a new state budge...
09/24/2020
Reps. LaFave & Markkanen: State budget reflects the priorities of Upper Peninsula families

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today said they both support a new state budget approved by the Michigan House that protects funding for K-12 schools, local communities and other shared top priorities of Upper Peninsula. Read more below:

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today said they both support a new state budget approved by the Michigan House that protects funding for K-12 schools, local communities and other shared top priorities of Upper Peninsula families.

Despite challenging times due to COVID-19, we approved a budget today that protects and maintains investments in what ma...
09/23/2020

Despite challenging times due to COVID-19, we approved a budget today that protects and maintains investments in what matters most to Michigan families and taxpayers – without growing state government and without raising taxes.

Michigan taxpayers want a state government that respects their hard work and sacrifices while investing in what matters most to them.

Happy first day of fall! Get ready for the Autumn color tours to begin. Where is your favorite fall spot in the U.P.?
09/22/2020

Happy first day of fall! Get ready for the Autumn color tours to begin. Where is your favorite fall spot in the U.P.?

Please join me for my office hours coming up on September 25th! As always if you cannot attend, please feel free to cont...
09/21/2020

Please join me for my office hours coming up on September 25th! As always if you cannot attend, please feel free to contact my office anytime at 517-373-0156.

Happy Constitution Day, America! On this historic day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. I will...
09/17/2020

Happy Constitution Day, America! On this historic day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. I will continue to vigorously uphold and protect the fundamental rights enshrined in this monumental document.

It’s Lifeline Awareness Week! Does someone you know need help staying connected? No one should go without critical commu...
09/15/2020

It’s Lifeline Awareness Week! Does someone you know need help staying connected? No one should go without critical communication services. Help your network stay in contact with emergency services, community resources, and friends and family by passing along information on Lifeline Telephone Assistance. For more info visit https://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,9535,7-395-93308_93325_93425_94040_94043---,00.html

Great day at the Great Lakes Rural Mental Health Association’s 27th annual conference! I appreciate the opportunity to h...
09/14/2020

Great day at the Great Lakes Rural Mental Health Association’s 27th annual conference! I appreciate the opportunity to hear from our health professionals and local officials from across the U.P. and answer questions about our efforts in Lansing. Thank you for having us.

ICYMI: Liberty Hunt starts today! Those 16 or younger and eligible hunters with disabilities can join the hunt. A list o...
09/12/2020

ICYMI: Liberty Hunt starts today! Those 16 or younger and eligible hunters with disabilities can join the hunt. A list of qualifying criteria is available in the 2020 Hunting Digest or at Michigan.gov/DNRAccessibility. Good luck, hunters!

On Sept. 11, 2001, America was forever changed. It has been 19 years since the attacks, but that tragic day, which serve...
09/11/2020

On Sept. 11, 2001, America was forever changed. It has been 19 years since the attacks, but that tragic day, which served as a true test of the American spirit, will be remembered always.

So on this day, we observe Patriot Day and all that it represents—we honor the value of life, those we loved and lost, our country’s resilience, and the strength of the American spirit. Thank you to all our heroes near and afar.

First deer hunt of the 2020 season is this weekend! Hunters were our country’s first true conservationists, and they con...
09/10/2020

First deer hunt of the 2020 season is this weekend!

Hunters were our country’s first true conservationists, and they continue to assist with wildlife management and habitat restoration activity during the hunting season and throughout the entire year. I am proud to stand behind policies that protect this generations-old tradition, which is part of the fabric of who we are as Michiganders.

The MI Hunt Interactive Maps give you access to interactive hunting, trapping, and outdoor recreation maps. www.mi.gov/mihunt.

Additional regulations for all seasons can be found in the 2020 Hunting Digest or at Michigan.gov/Deer.

Find hunting safety tips and resources at Michigan.gov/HuntingSafety.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

We give thanks to all workers who have made a difference in building this great nation. You are the reason we celebrate ...
09/08/2020

We give thanks to all workers who have made a difference in building this great nation. You are the reason we celebrate Labor Day!

Today, we remember those who have fought for our freedoms and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan...
09/02/2020

Today, we remember those who have fought for our freedoms and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan, signifying the end of World War II. Happy V-J Day!

Students who have special needs, learn English as a second language, or whose families cannot afford all 64 colors of a ...
08/26/2020
LaFave says U.P. schools shortchanged

Students who have special needs, learn English as a second language, or whose families cannot afford all 64 colors of a name-brand crayon with built-in sharpener need more help.

Federal dollars were supposed to go to students who needed this help, but Governor Whitmer decided that if 49% or less of your district has extra needs, the school gets nothing. Only districts with 50% get the extra help. Don’t all kids struggling kids deserve help? The money should have followed the individual child to their school irrespective the socioeconomic status of their peers.

LANSING — Rep. Beau LaFave said a school funding distribution recently announced by Gov. Whitmer shortchanges students and teachers in many parts of the Upper Peninsula. The governor announced a plan to distribute nearly $65 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to Michigan schools. Whitmer a...

Thank you for your service! Congratulations on retirement!!
08/25/2020
MSP Newsroom - U.P. Mainstay Readies to Retire after 33 Years

Thank you for your service! Congratulations on retirement!!

MSP Newsroom - Not long after graduating from the 101st Trooper Recruit School in 1987, and at the push from a partner, Capt. John Halpin visited Newberry. Growing up in Marine City, in St. Clair County, he’d only been to the Upper Peninsula once before, to Sault Ste. Marie. 

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Dear Mr Lafave, I am writing you today in hope of a clear answer. I was wondering why you voted yes on house bill 6032 and can you tell me why you voted yes on a bill that clearly goes against our constitutional rights? Did you take an oath to uphold Our Constitution? Thank you and I will be waiting on your reply.
Rep. Beau LaFave, My name is Rodney Phillips Sr. and I am the Adjutant for DAV Chapter 24, Delta Co. Escanaba, Mi. I am writing you with an inquiry about the D.J. JACOBETTI HOME in Marquette. Our chapter recently received a letter from the home requesting a donation to help fund a NuStep for the Physical Therapy unit. The cost of said unit is $3495.00. We have been contacted in the past and have willingly donated to them. With this year being as it is, we have been unable to have our two biggest fund raisers which are our Forget Me Not sales and our raffle at the UP State Fair. I read the letter at our last meeting and inquiries were made as to whether or not the State funded the Jacobetti Home or not, and if so, to what extent. Rest assured, that had this year been different, we would be happy to donate. In fact, the last request from there was for a portable gaming unit for the bed ridden Veterans to enjoy. In fact we challenged all the UP DAV Chapters to match our donation of $500.00. The request came from Mr. Jim Feliciano, VAVS at the home. We at the DAV know that our fellow Vets are treated very well at the home and will help as much as we can. Please advise me on this subject. Thank you very much.
really Beau? Are you that big of a tool?
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We need this to happen in Michigan. Many chronic pain patients are suffering because of the CDC guidelines. We need your help to make this happen. New Hampshire Chronic Pain Bill was signed into law by Gov. Sununu today. It is part of a larger health care bill. 39:18 New Paragraph; Definition Added; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program. Amend RSA 318-B:31 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph: I-a.(a) "Chronic pain" means a state in which pain persists beyond the usual course of an acute disease or healing of an injury, or that might or might not be associated with an acute or chronic pathologic process that causes continuous or intermittent pain over months or years. It also includes intermittent episodic pain that might require periodic treatment. (1) For the purpose of this subdivision, chronic pain does not cover or in any way determine treatment for pain from terminal disease. (2) For the purpose of this subdivision, chronic pain includes but may not be limited to pain defined as "chronic," "intractable," "high impact," "chronic episodic," and "chronic relapsing." (b) A diagnosis of chronic pain made by a practitioner licensed in any of the states in the United States or the District of Columbia and supported by written documentation of the diagnosis by the treating practitioner shall constitute proof that the patient suffers from chronic pain. 39:19 New Subparagraph; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Standards for Treatment of Chronic Pain. Amend RSA 318-B:41, II by inserting after subparagraph (c) the following new subparagraph: (d) In addition to the provisions of subparagraph (c), standards for the use of opioids for the management or treatment of chronic pain, which shall include the following: (1) All decisions regarding the treatment of patients experiencing chronic pain shall be made by the treating practitioner even when the treatment is determined to require the prescribing of opioid analgesics. Treating practitioners shall administer care sufficient to treat a patient's chronic pain based on ongoing, objective evaluations of the patient without fear of reprimand or discipline. (2) Ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, or paying for controlled substances, including opioid analgesics, shall not in any way be pre-determined by specific Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) guidelines. (3) Ongoing treatment of those patients who experience chronic pain can be determined, managed, and administered by: (A) A pain management practitioner who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain; or (B) A practitioner who specializes in the illness or injury from which the patient suffers; or (C) The patient's primary care practitioner who shall document the consideration of a consultation with a practitioner who specializes in the treatment of the patient's specific illness or injury or a pain management practitioner. (4) For the patient who experiences chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, documentation of the health issue must be provided and held in the patient's file. (5) When treating a patient who experiences chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, the prescribing of opioid analgesics shall be done in a measured and monitored manner and administered in the lowest amount necessary to control pain. (6) Once an opioid analgesic is prescribed to treat chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, the prescription shall be monitored closely by the prescriber and titrated as ongoing, objective evaluations of said patient's injury or illness requires for ongoing, successful treatment. (7) For those patients who experience chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain who are on a managed and monitored regimen of opioid analgesic treatment and have increased functionality and quality of life as a result of said treatment, treatment shall be continued if there remains no indication of misuse or diversion. (8) Proper documentation from the practitioner related to the filling of a prescription under this subparagraph shall be provided to the pharmacist upon the initial filling of the prescription, or upon request of the pharmacist. (9) The rules necessary to effectuate the provisions of this subparagraph governing pain management associated with chronic pain shall: (A) Take into consideration the individualized needs of patients covered by this subparagraph; (B) Make provisions for practitioners, acting in good faith, and in the course of their profession, and managing chronic pain associated with their patients' illness to use their best judgment notwithstanding any statute or rule to the contrary; and (C) Ensure that patients covered by this section are treated with dignity and not unduly denied the medications needed to treat their conditions.
New Hampshire Chronic Pain Bill was signed into law by Gov. Sununu today. It is part of a larger health care bill. 39:18 New Paragraph; Definition Added; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program. Amend RSA 318-B:31 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph: I-a.(a) "Chronic pain" means a state in which pain persists beyond the usual course of an acute disease or healing of an injury, or that might or might not be associated with an acute or chronic pathologic process that causes continuous or intermittent pain over months or years. It also includes intermittent episodic pain that might require periodic treatment. (1) For the purpose of this subdivision, chronic pain does not cover or in any way determine treatment for pain from terminal disease. (2) For the purpose of this subdivision, chronic pain includes but may not be limited to pain defined as "chronic," "intractable," "high impact," "chronic episodic," and "chronic relapsing." (b) A diagnosis of chronic pain made by a practitioner licensed in any of the states in the United States or the District of Columbia and supported by written documentation of the diagnosis by the treating practitioner shall constitute proof that the patient suffers from chronic pain. 39:19 New Subparagraph; Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program; Standards for Treatment of Chronic Pain. Amend RSA 318-B:41, II by inserting after subparagraph (c) the following new subparagraph: (d) In addition to the provisions of subparagraph (c), standards for the use of opioids for the management or treatment of chronic pain, which shall include the following: (1) All decisions regarding the treatment of patients experiencing chronic pain shall be made by the treating practitioner even when the treatment is determined to require the prescribing of opioid analgesics. Treating practitioners shall administer care sufficient to treat a patient's chronic pain based on ongoing, objective evaluations of the patient without fear of reprimand or discipline. (2) Ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, or paying for controlled substances, including opioid analgesics, shall not in any way be pre-determined by specific Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) guidelines. (3) Ongoing treatment of those patients who experience chronic pain can be determined, managed, and administered by: (A) A pain management practitioner who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain; or (B) A practitioner who specializes in the illness or injury from which the patient suffers; or (C) The patient's primary care practitioner who shall document the consideration of a consultation with a practitioner who specializes in the treatment of the patient's specific illness or injury or a pain management practitioner. (4) For the patient who experiences chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, documentation of the health issue must be provided and held in the patient's file. (5) When treating a patient who experiences chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, the prescribing of opioid analgesics shall be done in a measured and monitored manner and administered in the lowest amount necessary to control pain. (6) Once an opioid analgesic is prescribed to treat chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain, the prescription shall be monitored closely by the prescriber and titrated as ongoing, objective evaluations of said patient's injury or illness requires for ongoing, successful treatment. (7) For those patients who experience chronic illness or injury and resulting chronic pain who are on a managed and monitored regimen of opioid analgesic treatment and have increased functionality and quality of life as a result of said treatment, treatment shall be continued if there remains no indication of misuse or diversion. (8) Proper documentation from the practitioner related to the filling of a prescription under this subparagraph shall be provided to the pharmacist upon the initial filling of the prescription, or upon request of the pharmacist. (9) The rules necessary to effectuate the provisions of this subparagraph governing pain management associated with chronic pain shall: (A) Take into consideration the individualized needs of patients covered by this subparagraph; (B) Make provisions for practitioners, acting in good faith, and in the course of their profession, and managing chronic pain associated with their patients' illness to use their best judgment notwithstanding any statute or rule to the contrary; and (C) Ensure that patients covered by this section are treated with dignity and not unduly denied the medications needed to treat their conditions.