Majority of Seniors Support Medical Marijuana Medicare Coverage, Survey Finds

Majority of Seniors Support Medical Marijuana Medicare Coverage, Survey Finds
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Medical marijuana Medicare coverage has become a popular topic among seniors. A recent survey reports that two-thirds of Medicare recipients think the program should cover the cost of medical marijuana, while 21 percent report they already use cannabis to treat a wide variety of conditions. With marijuana still illegal at the federal level, the chances of Medicare – a federal healthcare program – covering the cost of marijuana is impossible without federal officials changing the law or granting an exemption. While the government has taken many steps away from a past that saw authorities demonize cannabis, a change in the federal law that makes cannabis illegal remains elusive. Started in 1965, Medicare is a government national health insurance program. Although there are some exceptions, the government designed to program for those 65 years old and older. While the program doesn’t pay for everything, it’s an important way for people to contain healthcare costs as they age. Reasons Why Medicare Recipients Use Medical Marijuana The survey, conducted by the website Medicare Plans, included 1,250 Medicare recipients asked for their opinions in April 2022. “Our survey found that seniors are embracing medical cannabis as a treatment for a variety of conditions, and are largely in favor of expanding Medicare coverage to include medical marijuana,” the website wrote. The survey found that Medicare recipients used medical marijuana most frequently to treat chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Those who use cannabis and CBD frequently mention all three areas, with pain management the most often cited. The most frequent conditions seniors listed as using cannabis to treat are: Anxiety Chronic pain Depression Glaucoma HIV/AIDS Alzheimer’s disease ALS Chron’s disease Eating disorder Epilepsy and seizures Cancer treatment side effects Multiple sclerosis Overall, 21 percent of seniors in the Medicare system reported using medical marijuana. Another 23…

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