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37 State Attorneys General Urge Insurers to Promote Non-Drug Therapies
By FCA National News   
Monday, 25 September 2017

A bipartisan coalition of 37 state attorneys general have gone on record, urging health insurance companies  to review and revise coverage policies to encourage health care providers to prioritize non-drug treatment options before opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain. A September 18 letter  to Marilyn Tavenner, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), encouraged the health care industry to promote the use of non-drug therapies, including chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture and massage, and reduce financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic.

In a recent release cited by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Maine Attorney General Janet Mills described the opioid epidemic as "the preeminent public health crisis of our time" and stated: "The attorneys general contend that incentives that promote use of non-opioid therapies will encourage medical providers to consider physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care and non-opioid medications, instead of narcotic drugs."  The attorneys general urged insurers to review their coverage and payment policies as the starting point for focusing on incentive structures across the insurance industry.  Read their September 18 letter