Lawmaker Probes Insurers’ Opioid Pricing Policies

Lawmaker probes insurers’ opioid pricing policies

The top Democrat on the House oversight committee wants insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to prove that their drug pricing policies aren’t contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday that he sent letters to UnitedHealth Group, Optum, Humana, CVS Health, Aetna, Anthem and Express Scripts requesting that they provide lists of all medications for each insurance or prescription drug plan they offer, the cost-sharing tiers on which the medications are placed, and whether the drugs are non-narcotic or narcotic/opioids.
The probe is in response to an investigation published in September by The New York …

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