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PUBLIC Law, Chapter 371

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An Act To Provide Access to Opioid Analgesics with Abuse-deterrent Properties

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 24-A MRSA §4320-J  is enacted to read:

§ 4320-J Coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products

1 Definitions.   As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A "Abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug product" means a brand or generic opioid analgesic drug product approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration with abuse-deterrent labeling claims that indicate the drug product is expected to result in a meaningful reduction in abuse.
B "Cost sharing" means any coverage limit, copayment, coinsurance, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense associated with a health plan.
C "Opioid analgesic drug product" means a drug product in the opioid analgesic drug class prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain or other conditions, whether in immediate release or extended release, long-acting form and whether or not combined with other drug substances to form a single drug product or dosage form.
2 Required coverage.   A carrier offering a health plan in this State shall provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug products listed on any formulary, preferred drug list or other list of drugs used by the carrier on a basis not less favorable than that for opioid analgesic drug products that are not abuse-deterrent and are covered by the health plan. An increase in enrollee cost sharing to achieve compliance with this section may not be implemented.

Sec. 2. Application. The requirements of this Act apply to all policies, contracts and certificates executed, delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2016. For purposes of this Act, all contracts are deemed to be renewed no later than the next yearly anniversary of the contract date.

Effective 90 days following adjournment of the 127th Legislature, First Regular Session, unless otherwise indicated.

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