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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 17Q: Pain management access plan

Section 17Q. (a) The commission shall develop a plan to provide active or retired employees adequate coverage and access to a broad spectrum of pain management services, including, but not limited to, those that serve as alternatives to opioid prescribing, in accordance with guidelines developed by the division of insurance.

(b) The plan shall be subject to review by the division of insurance. In its review, the division shall consider the adequacy of access to a broad spectrum of pain management services and any carrier policies that may create unduly preferential coverage to prescribing opioids without other pain management modalities.

(c) The commission shall distribute educational materials to providers within their networks about the pain management access plan and make information about its plan publicly available on its website.