President’s Opioid Commission Focuses on Insurance Companies’ Role in Crisis


President Trump’s opioid commission last week focused on health insurance companies’ role in contributing to the addiction crisis. The commission is scheduled to deliver its final report on November 1. Some health insurance companies favor opioids over less addictive but more expensive drugs to treat pain, according to USA Today. Some insurers also cover only one type of addiction treatment, the article notes. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is leading the commission, said the final report will place new demands on health insurance policies. Although health insurers are required to treat mental health and substance use disorders the same as any other disease, a government report last year found insurers still place limits on coverage, such as stricter pre-authorization requirements.

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