In New York, a Bill to Get Public Health Plans to Cover Medical Marijuana

In New York, a Bill to Get Public Health Plans to Cover Medical Marijuana

Without insurance coverage, marijuana is too expensive for many who need it.

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October 29, 2018

ALBANY — As conversation shifts to recreational marijuana and its likelihood of legalization in New York, some lawmakers are attempting to address longstanding concerns with the state's medical marijuana program—namely, that it's still too expensive for many who need it.

A bill introduced last week by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and cosponsored by 17 of his Democratic colleagues could lower out-of-pocket costs for patients by requiring public health plans in the state, including Medicaid, to cover the drug. This would greatly expand access, as most insurers currently refuse to cover the drug because of its federal status as a Schedule I drug.

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