Health insurers in NY must provide coverage for substance abuse treatment

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a measure to ensure that health insurers provide coverage for necessary substance abuse treatment.

According to the governor’s office, under the law, health insurers will be required to cover medication, including Naloxone, for detoxification or maintenance treatment of substance use disorders under large group policies.

“Health insurers have an obligation to cover costs for lifesaving substance abuse treatment and our administration will have zero tolerance for those who seek to sidestep this responsibility,” Governor Cuomo said. “This action is an important step toward breaking the cycle of addiction and put an ending the epidemic of opioid abuse in New York once and for all.”

The law also instructs health insurers that they must eliminate prior authorization requirements for a five-day emergency supply of prescribed medications for the treatment of substance use disorder when an emergency arises.

The Department of Financial Services issued the guidance to health insurers on Wednesday.

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