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Will Albany Push Insurance Companies for More Rehab Coverage?

By Jason Weinstein.
Will Albany force insurance companies to pay for more drug rehab?

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Al Stirpe have introduced bills that would require insurance companies to pay for at least 90 days of treatment at an inpatient rehabilitation facility for patients with a doctor’s prescription.

Currently, New York State law requires coverage for addiction treatment at inpatient facilities but does not mandate a minimum length of time. These bills are part of an effort to combat the region's heroin epidemic.

"This is part of a much larger, much more comprehensive approach that we're looking at that would cover everything from prevention, early intervention, this type of care and treatment. And then after care regarding case management and follow-up," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-123rd District).

"People talk about access to treatment and getting the treatment they need. This bill moves that conversation in the right direction," said State Senator Fred Akshar, (R - 52nd District).

Lupardo says both the Assembly and Senate are calling for more money to fight the heroin epidemic than the Governor proposed. The state budget is due April 1st.