Recently, this community was notified that Ohio State Medicaid Insurance known as CareSource will no longer be covering Suboxone, Zubsolv or Bunavall starting on March 1, 2017. All 3 medications are used to treat heroin and opioid dependency and addiction and contain the same active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Letters, like the one below have already been sent to some, if not all CareSource consumers.
UPDATE: It has come to our attention, that despite a very poorly worded letter being sent out to CareSource customers, that the pill form of treatment is still covered. Thus, this only applies to the sublingual film.
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According to several reputable sources, Ohio’s elimination of state coverage for Suboxone is only the beginning. It is likely that other states will follow suit and state / medicaid insurance will not only stop covering Suboxone, but Methadone as well. As to if and when other states and insurance policies will drop coverage for Suboxone and Methadone, we don’t have any additional detailed information at this time.
Given the large quantity of individuals dependent on Suboxone, this movement has the potential to lead many to panic and quite potentially, back to active addiction. Eliminating insurance coverage for crucial medication that helps curb cravings for opioid and heroin addiction will likely cause an even greater spike in the the number of opioid and/or heroin overdose related deaths.
Warnings To Those Covered by CareSource or Any State Insurance for Suboxone and Methadone
Men and women devoted to addiction treatment and recovery may be forced into a rapid detox and/or taper or will likely have to find another option for treatment. Sadly, Kill The Heroin Epidemic Nationwide suspects that street sales of illegally purchased Suboxone will go up as will the prices. This community also suspects that a large number of Ohio Suboxone consumers will resort back active addiction and use stronger opioids like Vicodin, oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl and more to prevent themselves from getting sick. This domino affect will likely create a large spike in the number of opioid overdose related deaths.
While medicine assisted treatment (MAT) including methadone, Suboxone and even naltrexone (the active ingredient in Vivitrol and ReVia) is considered controversial, elimination of coverage for these “safer” opioid medications could result in a nightmare for many families.
Reputable sources believe the complete elimination of insurance coverage for medicine assisted treatment isn’t a matter of “if”, it’s simply a matter of “when”. Thus, the Kill The Heroin Epidemic Nationwide patient community strongly encourages men and women who depend on Suboxone and/or methadone coverage by their state insurance to start making preparations now to slowly taper off or find alternative means of payment for their medication.
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Written by William Charles, Owner / Publisher of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)
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