Ultra Health, New Mexico Cannabis Patients Sue Health Insurers

Ultra Health, New Mexico Cannabis Patients Sue Health Insurers

<![CDATA[New Mexico’s largest cannabis company teamed up with five medical cannabis patients and the father of a minor participating in the state’s program in filing a class-action lawsuit June 10 against several of the state’s prominent health insurance companies. The lawsuit, filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County, comes nearly four months after Ultra Health sent a letter to the health insurers, asking them to confirm their coverage for medical cannabis patients with certain conditions. A vertically integrated operator with 38 dispensaries serving both patient and adult-use customers in the state, Ultra Health officials claim to have New Mexico law on their side through Senate Bill 317, legislation that expanded the definition of behavior health services to cover several treatment options. RELATED: New Mexico Cannabis Provider Seeks Insurance Coverage for PatientsBecoming effective Jan. 1, 2022, the legislation intends to make mental and behavior health services more affordable for New Mexicans by eliminating all cost-sharing and any out-of-pocket costs for those services and accompanying medications.Sent in February, Ultra Health’s letter asked health insurers to affirm they’ll be making payments for qualifying medical cannabis patients with behavior health conditions, such as the now 74,000-plus patients enrolled in the state program for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The letter also requested information from the insurers in regard to how they intend to pay for medical cannabis without any cost sharing for patients enrolled through their programs.Ultra Health offered cooperation in building a system for efficient processing of insurers’ medical cannabis payments, but to no avail. On June 10, Ultra Health and six individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, True Health New Mexico Inc., Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co., Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Inc., Presbyterian Health Plan Inc., Presbyterian Insurance Company Inc.,…

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