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Illinoisans in need of treatment for opioid addiction might find themselves in better shape if the state’s Department of Insurance is successful in its latest endeavor. It has applied to the federal government to expand several requirements for insurers on the state’s exchange, most having to do with treatment for and prevention of opioid addiction.
According to the Chicago Tribune, one objective in enlarging insurer requirements under the Affordable Care Act is to require insurers to cover prescriptions for the overdose drug naloxone for patients prescribed higher dosages of opioids. With more than 300,000 state residents covered on its exchange, and a preliminary death toll last year of 2,111 from opioid abuse, the state wants to broaden requirements for insurers in several ways.
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