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SB 422 — Health Insurance Coverage For Opioids

by Senator Benacquisto

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Banking and Insurance Committee (BI)

The bill allows a health insurance policy providing coverage for opioid analgesic drug products to impose a prior authorization requirement for an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug product only if the policy imposes the same prior authorization requirement for opioid analgesic drug products without an abuse-deterrence labeling claim. The bill also prohibits a health insurance policy from requiring the use of an opioid analgesic without an abuse-deterrent labeling claim before providing coverage for an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug product.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect January 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 108-0