Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

A doctor at a Boston Medical Center clinic counsels a patient who has become addicted to opioid painkillers, and wants help kicking the habit. Addiction specialists say drugs like suboxone, which mitigates withdrawal symptoms, can greatly improve his odds of success.

Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.

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Source: Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment | News : NPR

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