Health insurance should cover medical marijuana, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says

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To address the extreme toll of opioid addiction, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday said he would require health insurers and the state’s MassHealth program to cover the cost of medical marijuana when it is prescribed by a physician for someone suffering from addiction. “The point here is we’ve got to be bold about taking on this crisis and trying some new things,” Gonzalez told the News Service. A total of 1,977 people in Massachusetts died of suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses in 2017, and the addiction crisis claimed 2,155 lives in 2016. Opioid overdose emergency room visits up 30 percent nationwide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ER visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017. Opioid overdose emergency room visits up 30 percent nationwide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ER visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in 45 states from July 2016 through September 2017. A former health insurance executive, Gonzalez said medical marijuana coverage was not an option for enrollees at CeltiCare Health, where he was CEO, because the insurer primarily covered MassHealth patients whose benefits were not discretionary. Health insurance should cover medical marijuana, Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez says

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