Coventry Cares will keep paying for addiction fighting drug

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

After sending a letter out to patients stating they would no longer pay for the drug Suboxone, Coventry Cares officials have changed their mind.

Coventry Cares released a statement Monday saying they would continue to pay for the drug Suboxone after consulting with SelfRefind, an addiction treatment center.

The drug Suboxone is used to help patients addicted to opioids such as Vicodin or Oxycontin.

UNITE officials in Kentucky say the drug is helpful, but can also be dangerous.

"It is a piece of the pie as far as treatment goes. Not every treatment works for everybody. There are folks out there that will abuse the drugs, but there are also people out there that are serious about this treatment," said Debbie Trusty with Operation UNITE.

Coventry Cares has proposed a meeting with SelfRefind, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as well as other MCO's to discuss the best practices for addiction recovery treatment and the Commonwealth's medicaid coverage for such treatment.

Coventry Cares released this statement:

"After discussing the issue with SelfRefind, Coventry understands their concerns. As result, we will continue covering Suboxone and similar medicines for all Coventry members while we work through the Cabinet's process to determine whether these drugs should be covered for certain categories of Medicaid recipients or everyone.

Because of the importance of this issue to all parties involved, we have proposed a meeting with the Cabinet, SelfRefind and representatives of the other MCOs to discuss best practices for addiction recovery treatment and the Commonwealth's Medicaid coverage for such treatment."

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