NY tells health insurers to cover addiction treatment drugs

Oct 20, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is requiring more health insurers to cover the cost of medications used to help those struggling with opioid addiction.

The steps announced Wednesday by the Department of Financial Services apply to those covered under large-group insurance policies. State officials say they "mirror" the rules already covering small-group and individual policies.

The state will also require insurers to cover inpatient substance abuse treatment in in-network facilities.

Officials say the cost of getting care has often been a barrier for individuals struggling to recover from addiction.