Rep. Madeline Dean (D-PA) announced Friday that she was introducing legislation to eliminate cost-sharing for opioid treatment and recovery support.
The legislation, called the MORE Savings Act, mirrors similar legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate.
“Opioid treatment needs to be made more readily available,” Dean said. “Through a cost-sharing model, folks struggling with addiction will be able to access support with a lower cost burden.”
The legislation, H.R. 7627, would eliminate the cost-sharing, including copayments, deductibles and coinsurance under private insurance plans and Medicare, while increasing funding for Medicaid programs that opioid treatment and recovery support.
Specifically, the legislation would require insurers who offer individual or group health insurance to cover behavioral health services and medications to treat opioid use disorders, as well as those that reverse overdoses, with no cost-sharing. It would also establish a 5-year-demonstration program in 15 states to eliminate cost-sharing in Medicare for those same programs and medications. Lastly, the bill would provide a Federal Medical Assistance Percentages increase for Medicaid programs to provide those same programs and medications.
Dean said that addressing the country’s opioid crisis requires a multi-faceted approach that combines prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery support.