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4/25/2019 Rep. Morin legislation would require health insurance plans to cover non-opioid pain treatments
STATE HOUSE — The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare has heard testimony on legislation sponsored by Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) that would require insurance plans to cover non-opioid pain treatments.

The legislation (2019-H 5120) would require health insurance contract plans or policies to provide coverage for certain licensed practices including physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and oriental medicine and would consider such licensed practices as “evidence-based, non-opioid treatments for pain.”

“Over the past few years we’ve been looking at more creative ways to fight the opioid addiction crisis,” explained Representative Morin. “Making sure that patients have access to other types of treatments — and coverage of those alternatives — is another way we can combat this serious public health emergency.”

Representative Morin has supported numerous laws aimed at combatting the opioid crisis. Most recently, during the 2018 session, the General Assembly passed laws giving patients the option of only partially filling their prescription for painkillers, establishing a procedure for individuals to file a revocable voluntary non-opiate directive form with the patient’s licensed health care practitioner, allowing judges to sentence drug dealers who sell fatal doses of illicit drugs to up to life in prison, and directing the Department of Education to incorporate substance abuse and suicide prevention education into the health education curriculum.

The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland), Stephen M. Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) and Christopher T. Millea (D-Dist. 16, Cranston). Similar legislation (2019-S 0068) has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland).

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903