Hochul Signs Bill to Remove Barriers to Addiction Treatment
In the latest of a series of steps Hochul has taken to change the direction of drug policy, doctors will no longer have to ask insurance companies for permission to prescribe opioid use disorder medications to Medicaid patients.
Sam Mellins · December 23, 2021
Demonstrators rally for an end to prior authorization in Albany in 2019 | Courtesy of Vocal-NY
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