Non-opioid pharmacological therapy and non-pharmacological therapy; health insurance coverage. (SB1518)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Non-opioid pharmacological therapy and non-pharmacological therapy. Requires the Board of Dentistry and the Board of Medicine to include in regulations for prescribing opioids for the treatment of chronic pain the development of a treatment plan for the patient, which shall include a discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of opioid therapy and the availability of non-opioid pharmacological therapy and non-pharmacological therapy. The bill requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for non-opioid analgesic drugs prescribed to covered individuals or a non-pharmacological therapy recommended by a prescriber as an alternative to a prescription drug to covered individuals for chronic pain. This requirement applies to policies, contracts, and plans delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed on or after January 1, 2020. Amends § 38.2-4319, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101876D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/11/2019Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/17/2019Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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