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  • Post Time Posted November 23, 2018
Patients in the empire state who are currently paying out of pocket for their medical marijuana may soon be getting help from the New York taxpayers, thanks to a bill that would force public insurers to cover it.

State Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried have introduced a bill that would require government health insurance programs such as Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan, Elderly Pharmaceutical Coverage and workers’ compensation to cover marijuana as they would any other prescription medication.

The lawmakers claim that it will help battle the opioid epidemic that many parts of North America are currently facing. New York’s medical marijuana program started in 2016 and currently has 98,101 patients registered. A recent study however, found that one-third of them visited a dispensary only once for treatment. The program allows almost any form or ingestion, but does not allow patients to smoke their medication.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cannabis-retailers-manitoba-social-responsibility-fee-1.4917349

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