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Employer Update | November 2016
Employer Update | November 2016

NEW – New York State Mandates About Opioid Abuse and Breast Cancer Screenings

Recent New York State legislation includes several mandates which affect our health plans. Here is a summary of the recent initiatives. We have also developed an FAQ to provide additional information on each topic.

  • The health insurance benefit for screening mammography no includes diagnostic imaging for the detection of breast cancer and eliminating cost share on current covered services. The legislation is gender neutral; therefore it covers men as well as women.
  • New legislation includes several initiatives to address rampant heroin and opioid abuse across New York State, including measures to increase access to life-saving over-dose reversal medication, regulations to limit the first fill of new opioid prescriptions to a 7 day supply, and ongoing prevention education for all physicians and prescribers.


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