Tricare May Soon Cover MAT for Opioid Addiction

The Defense Department is proposing to allow Tricare to pay for medical treatment and therapy programs using drug substitution therapy.

“For many, pain related to injuries must be treated for many months and such long-term use of pain medications has put our service members using those medicines at risk for dependence,” according to a DoD notice published in the Dec. 29 Federal Register.

Methadone and Suboxone are proven medications for treating opiate addicts, serving as lesser-of-evils substitutes for heroin and prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. But medical substitution therapy, while covered by most private insurers, isn’t available to Tricare beneficiaries.

The comment period on the proposed change ends Feb. 27.

Source: Air Force – January 5, 2012