Feb 19, 2016 11:13 AM

NH lawmakers get update on substance abuse coverage

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's Insurance Department has completed its initial review of whether insurance companies are appropriately covering substance abuse treatment.

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.

Those complaints prompted the insurance department to launch an examination in November. On Friday, officials are sharing their preliminary findings with lawmakers.

The probe comes as New Hampshire seeks to expand treatment and recovery services amid a growing heroin and opioid crisis. The state recorded 414 fatal overdoses last year, up from 326 in 2014 and 192 the year before.

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