More Prescription Drug Abuse Legislation Under Review

Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) are set to introduce a set of bills focused on prescription drug abuse and behavioral health issues. The package of bills would:

  • Require insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids
  • Create prior authorization requirements when Medicaid patients are prescribed opioids greater than a 10-day supply for acute pain, greater than 80 morphine equivalent dose (MED) for chronic pain, or greater than a 72-hour supply if prescribed from an emergency setting
  • Create standards to track overdose deaths
  • Provide immunity for certain drug users seeking emergency help for an overdose (Good Samaritan legislation)
  • Provide for continuity of care related to behavioral health benefits in the Medicaid managed care system

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) supported legislation in the last General Assembly that would have allowed for immunity for drug users who sought emergency assistance for an overdose (Good Samaritan legislation). This latest version of the legislation includes some items that changed the bill, and the AMCNO is still reviewing these changes. In addition, the AMCNO supports requiring insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids. The AMCNO is still reviewing the other bill proposals and will provide input as this legislation is debated in the legislature. 



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