Nov 25, 2015 2:35 PM

Insurance department to examine substance abuse coverage

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's Insurance Department is examining whether insurance companies are appropriately covering substance abuse services as required by law.

The probe comes as New Hampshire seeks to expand treatment and recovery services amid a heroin and opioid crisis that's claimed more than 500 lives in two years. The president's health care overhaul law requires insurance companies to provide equal coverage for addiction treatment as they do for physical health.

But some providers and advocates say companies are denying coverage for routine treatment. The investigation will look at coverage from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2015, and the insurance department hopes to release a preliminary report by this coming January. The department has the power to order companies violating the law to correct their actions, pay penalties or leave the state.

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