HB20-1085 Action Alert Email
Thanks to the efforts of AAC and our lobbying team over the past year, as well as coordination with other complimentary health practices, the Colorado Senate and House completed passage of House Bill 20-1085 – Prevention of Substance Abuse Disorders.
This legislation will reduce future opioid dependency in Colorado and provide optimal access to necessary rehabilitative services.
Key Points for Providers in House Bill 20-1085:
- Insurers must provide coverage for nonpharmacological treatment as an alternative to opioids.
- A minimum of six acupuncture, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and chiropractic visits must be authorized at a copay amount that does not exceed the copay amount of primary care visits.
- Insurers may not require prior authorization for these visits.
Current policies create barriers for patients seeking alternative treatment. In most cases, it's easier and less expensive for physicians to prescribe opioids and for patients to receive opioids. House Bill 20-1085 remedies this by ensuring that all health benefit plans provide coverage for at least six alternative therapy visits at a co-pay amount not to exceed the regular amount charged for a primary care visit.
The bill has been sent to Governor Polis for approval but there is concern that he will veto the bill due to the perception that the bill represents a new mandate to insurance companies.
Please contact the Governor’s office (and ask your patients to as well!) to let him know you want him to sign the bill into law!
Email Governor Polis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Governor Polis: 303-866-2885
Please note: We recommend all members also look up their legislators and send to them, as pressure from grassroots + legislators = PRICELESS.
Here is a sample letter and script for you to use:
As a Colorado constituent, I am contacting you to request your support in signing HB 20-1085 into law, which provides access for Coloradans to skilled rehabilitative services as an alternative to opioid use.
Over 500 (drugabuse.gov) Coloradans are losing their lives annually to opioids, with a frequent starting point for opioid use being musculoskeletal pain. When a physician visit to obtain an opioid is cheaper than addressing the underlying pain, we have a significant problem. This bill works to address this issue by mirroring copays with primary care to expand access to those in need.
Complimentary care providers, including Acupuncturists, are able to provide a skilled alternative to opioids. Further data shows increasing access to these providers prevents opioid use.
HB 20-1085, with bipartisan support from the Colorado House and Senate, increases patient access to these skilled rehabilitative services by ensuring all health plans provide a minimum of six visits of unrestricted coverage.
Your support of this very important legislation is greatly appreciated,
(your zip code)