HB20-1085 (Kennedy & Herod/Winter & Priola) Prevention of Substance Use Disorders

Originally Posted: January 31, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020


This bill would require the Division of Insurance to promulgate rules governing conditions for which treatments other than opioids are appropriate. The bill would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for nonopioid medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and after an actuarial study, acupuncture services. It limits the number of opioid pills that can be prescribed at one time. Additionally, the bill would require the state to promulgate rules establishing continuing education requirements for physicians and physician assistants related to prescribing practices for opioids. Lastly, the bill requires stakeholders to come together to reflect on evidence-based opioid use disorder prevention activities.


The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. It would promote prevention of substance use disorders. We hear about the impact of these disorders on communities across the state from our It’s About Kids network and support evidence-based policies to prevent these adverse impacts.

Current Status

Passed out of the Senate as amended on a vote of 21-14 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Status

January 31, 2020

Assigned to the House Health and Insurance Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1:30pm in Room 0112.