The following is in a recent article from Aetna:
“Aetna will be the first national payer to waive copays for Narcan for its fully-insured commercial members – a move that will increase access and remove possible financial barriers to the lifesaving drug. In addition, Aetna will limit the quantity of opioids prescribed for acute pain and post-surgery to a seven-day supply for its commercial pharmacy members. Both changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2018.
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CMS announced an improved application process for section 1115(a) waivers in November.
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