Bill aims to require health insurers to cover medical marijuana


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    A new bill would require health insurance providers to cover medical marijuana in Maine.

    LD 942 "An Act to Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana” is sponsored by Representative Benjamin Collings.

    The bill requires a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for medical marijuana for an enrollee who has received certification from an authorized medical provider.

    The bill would require carriers to directly reimburse a health plan enrollee for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana.

    The requirements would apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

    The bill applies the same requirements to individual and group accidental injury and disability insurance.

    The bill also requires an employer to reimburse an employee eligible for workers' compensation benefits for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana if an employee is injured while at work.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in the legislature's Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee in Augusta.

    CLICK HERE to view the whole bill.

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