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State Medicaid Funding Changes to Encourage Addiction Counseling

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2016 12:10:57 PM / by RU National posted in Addiction, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Medicaid, Counseling

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Insurance Giant Ends Pre-Authorization Requirement for Buprenorphine

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2016 9:58:42 AM / by RU National posted in Recovery, Suboxone, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Insurance, Buprenorphine

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The battle against nationwide drug addiction and overdose may have just gained a powerful new ally. Connecticut-based insurance provider Cigna Corp. is ending the requirement that patients clear difficult administrative hurdles to gain access to medications used to fight opioid addiction. The decision was made after the insurer reached a settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, who recently requested information from the company to address concerns about barriers to treatment. The changes are being implemented across the country, and may be a game-changer for those who have not been able to easily access quality treatment in the past.

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