HB18-1007 (Kennedy & Singer/Lambert & Jahn) Substance Use Disorder Payment and Coverage

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: January 19, 2018

Summary

This bill addresses coverage requirements for substance use disorder treatment, including restricting plans from imposing less favorable provisions on physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic services if the enrollee has a diagnosis of chronic pain and has, or has had, a substance use disorder diagnosis, and requires all plans to provide coverage for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders without prior authorization once in a 12-month period.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as a way to reduce inappropriate opioid use that can lead to addiction and to increase access to a variety of treatment services for individuals facing substance use disorders. Drug overdose is one of the most common cause of maternal mortality in Colorado and reducing the number of parents who are addicted to opioids helps those parents provide the care that they want to be able to provide for their children

Current Status

Assigned to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee