Delaware Officials Eye Substance Abuse Insurance Coverage

By | March 24, 2017

State officials are proposing revisions to Delaware’s insurance code to ensure that people struggling with opioid addiction get the treatment they need.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Wednesday also called for the creation of a new oversight committee to help identify and target medical providers who are overprescribing painkillers.

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro and Public Health Director Dr. Rattay expressed their support for the legislation, as did parents who have lost children to drug overdoses.

One bill requires insurers to provide coverage for medically necessary inpatient treatment for substance abuse, without requiring prescreening, referrals or prior authorization.

Another would allow the attorney general’s office to use consumer protection funds to provide legal assistance to people challenging claim denials.

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