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The current prior authorization process being utilized by payers creates roadblocks for patients trying to access medications and treatment recommended by their trusted physicians, increases health care costs, and restricts health care providers from doing their jobs effectively.
Current Legislation Filed: Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Alvarado, would enhance access to prior authorization information and remove several barriers for patients trying to access medications and treatment and allow providers to make decisions regarding care instead of insurance companies. SB54 has been assigned to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. House Bill 121, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, would prohibit insurers from setting requirements or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat opioid use disorder and amend KRS 205.536 to prohibit the Department for Medicaid Services or a Medicaid managed care organization from setting requirements or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat opioid use disorder. HB121 has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee. more

The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?
As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. more

Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds
Researchers say even one or two joints cause changes in areas of the brain involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories. Low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study. more

For the first time on record, your odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than dying in a motor vehicle crash
Fear is natural and healthy. It can help us respond to danger more quickly or avoid a dangerous situation altogether. It can also cause us to worry about the wrong things, especially when it comes to estimating our level of risk. more

Clark County CARES' Drug Facts Week starts Jan. 21
Next week marks the start of the fourth annual Clark County CARES Drug Facts Week, a free lineup of community events dedicated to seeking solutions to Southern Indiana's drug and addiction crisis and offering resources and support. more

Adolescent Recovery Day event
We have had a venue change! We will NOT be at Administrative Office of the Courts. INSTEAD we will be at Capital Plaza Hotel in downtown Frankfort! more

Northern Kentucky gets $150,000 to help with pre-arrest diversion of those with addiction
Northern Kentucky is planning to launch new services for addicted residents and their families this year, thanks in part to a $150,000 private grant. The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy on Tuesday announced its plans, made possible with the grant from the Funders Response to Heroin Epidemic, a collaboration of private funders created to fight the opioid epidemic. more

New program training police to become addiction recovery coaches
A new program is training Kennebunk police to become addiction recovery coaches. WMTW News 8's Joe Glauber explains how the coaches are used and why the demand is growing. More (Video)

The Healing Place opens new $29 million expansion
A Louisville drug rehab center is now able to help twice as many people as it could before. The men's campus of the Healing Place just opened its new expansion on West Market Street. The $29 million project adds 200 beds, and they are expected to fill up quickly. more
Adolescent Recovery Day event
We have had a venue change! We will NOT be at Administrative Office of the Courts. INSTEAD we will be at Capital Plaza Hotel in downtown Frankfort! more
Do sober houses exploit patients? A look at what's happened in other states
Vermont's growing sober house industry is largely unregulated. A local nonprofit is aiming to change that by this summer. But currently, without oversight, there is no state assurances that these homes are safe for resident more

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