“Physicians, social workers and consumer advocacy groups are putting pressure on the CMS to require all health plans sold on the federal exchange to cover medications used to treat people with opioid addictions.
The federal government has viewed opioid abuse as a “public health crisis” and last month asked healthcare experts if medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction should be included within the healthcare law’s mandated insurance benefits to help address the problem.
Numerous hospital associations, psychiatrists, primary-care physicians, executives at drug-abuse treatment centers and recovering opioid addicts supported the idea in comments to the CMS this week, although several large insurers and pharmacy benefit management companies argued the benefit should be left up to their discretion.”
See related blog: Is It Smart to Be Stingy About Covering Addiction Treatment? available at: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151228/BLOG/151229927
Source: ModernHealthcare.com – December 24 and 28, 2015