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. 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)