Arkansas sets standard for states by removing prior authorization for treatment of opioid use disorder

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently published a press release commending Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly, alongside the Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) for taking strides in ending administrative challenges that have contributed to the opioid epidemic. 

 Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the American Medical Association's website.

Signed into law this week, Arkansas Act 964 requires all health insurers and the Arkansas Medicaid program to remove prior authorization to FDA-approved medications that have been shown to support recovery, reduce health care costs and save lives, including buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone. These medications are part of what is commonly referred to as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), considered the gold standard for treating OUD, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Click here to continue>>

 

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