Coverage of Drugs to Treat Opioid Addiction Required

On May 21, 2018, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1007 into law. This law requires all health benefit plans to provide coverage for a five-day supply of at least one FDA-approved drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. The plan cannot request prior authorization for this drug if the request is the first in a 12-month period. The bill also clarifies that an “urgent prior authorization request” includes a request for authorization of medication to treat substance use disorders.

Although the insurance carriers will implement this law, employers should be aware of the change. The law is effective Jan. 1, 2019.

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