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Sep 4, 2016 4:26 PM

Insurance rates and reimbursement are challenges in opioid treatment, policymakers report

Lack of treatment providers continues to be a challenge in the opiate crisis facing New Hampshire despite the attention law enforcement and policymakers have given the problem, and financial reimbursement is a major factor in this, reports the Union Leader.

Reimbursement from commercial health insurance providers for "substance use disorders" or SUDS, is substantially lower than Medicare rates, the state insurance department said in a report last month.

Tyler Brannen, health policy analyst in the department, said that a big problem with access to treatment is that often the pay for providers is inadequate.

Courtney Gray, the executive director of the New Hampshire Alcohol and Other drug Service Providers Association, said the state faces a critical shortage of alcohol and drug counselors.

The state insurance department launched an examination into market conduct as a result of complaints, and the results are expected soon.

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