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Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:20 AM

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation that would require insurers to cover non-drug chiropractic treatments for pain for people with substance-use disorders. 

The bills, S-0789Aaa and H-6124Aaa require patients with substance-use disorders to have access to evidence-based non-drug pain treatment. Patients seeking the treatments must have insurance coverage, and the chiropractic care must be deemed medically necessary and be performed by licensed providers.

The new language includes:

Notwithstanding any provision of any policy of insurance, certificate, or service contract issued in this state, …for reimbursement for any services which may be legally performed by any person licensed … reimbursement under the insurance policy, certificate, or service contract shall be based upon a determination of medical necessity and shall not be denied because of race, color, or creed, nor shall any insurer make or permit any unfair discrimination against particular individuals or [licensed] persons….

Patients with substance use disorders shall have access to evidence-based non-opioid treatment for pain, therefore coverage shall apply to medically necessary chiropractic care, and osteopathic manipulative treatment…