Medical Marijuana and Health Insurance
Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but health insurance doesn’t cover it and patients often scramble to cover the cost. Read this entire npr article.[message type=”custom” width=”100%” color=”#CCCCCC” border=”#C9C9C9″ color=”#333333″] It’s a federal crime to use marijuana, even in states that permit it for medicinal purposes, she says. And employers and health plans want to see stronger scientific evidence that marijuana is as safe and effective as other drugs to treat pain or nausea, for example, before they cover it.
But as long as marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act — meaning it has no medical use and a high potential for abuse — that’s unlikely to happen, says Susan Pisano, spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group. Read more. [/message]
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