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On a diverse set of issues ranging from mental health and addiction parity to pharmacy regulation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) State Chapters are instrumental in shaping addiction policy conversations in state capitols across the country.  ASAM National staff can track addiction-related state legislation and regulations; help keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provide them with consultation and technical assistance on state-level issues important to them. In addition, ASAM National staff closely works with many other national organizations on mental health and addiction issues and can connect ASAM State Chapters with those national organizations and their state branches.

COSAM Submits Comments in Support of Increased Insurance Reporting Requirements

February 23, 2021

 

On February 23, the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine (COSAM) submitted comments on the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) Proposed New Regulation 4-2-7X. This regulation would implement stringent reporting requirements on insurers in Colorado which are intended to improve the DOI’s ability to judge the network adequacy of insurers when covering treatment for substance use disorders (SUD). This new regulation will provide DOI with powerful data, both for judging the network adequacy of various insurers, and for ensuring that all plans in the state are in compliance with the federal parity law.

 

COSAM’s comments expressed strong support for the regulation, while also noting opportunities for improvement. Specifically, COSAM recommended two changes that would empower regulators to better understand the buprenorphine prescribing capacity of clinicians within a network. Furthermore, another element of the regulation could be refined to provide regulators with a better understanding of the various medications covered by the insurer. Finally, COSAM requested that one section be refined to require more information on the prior authorization practices of insurers.

 

Read the letter here.

 

Read the Proposed New Regulation here.

Legislative Tracking

ASAM tracks legislation relating to its chapters' legislative priorities in all 50 states. 

Chapter Leadership

ASAM's state chapters are led by experts in the field of addiction medicine. Each chapter elects its own leaders. 

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West - Regions II, VI, VII, VIII

State Advocacy Resources

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