BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say a proposed change to the state’s Medicaid program aims to reduce the overprescribing of opioids, which has caused an epidemic of overdoses.
The Bulletin reported Wednesday that the proposed change would limit coverage for five broad chronic pain conditions to 90 days of opioid pain relievers.
It would also taper off patients who have been taking opioids long-term from those medications within a year.
In turn, it would introduce alternative treatments previously unavailable to Oregon Health Plan members.
Many chronic pain patients have voiced opposition against the proposal.
They say the proposed alternative treatments don’t work for everybody.
They believe the decision to limit opioid medications should be made by their doctors, not a government agency.