Lawsuit in New Mexico Seeks Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage

Lawsuit in New Mexico Seeks Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage
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Ultra Health, the largest marijuana company in New Mexico, along with a group of patients, have filed a class-action lawsuit against seven insurance providers in New Mexico over the issue of providing medical marijuana insurance coverage. The lawsuit is the latest example of how the lack of insurance coverage for medical marijuana is causing ongoing issues for patients who rely on it. They may qualify for their state legal medical marijuana program and have it prescribed for them by a doctor, but they still cannot get insurance coverage to help them with the cost for its use. Ultra Health and the patients demanded that insurers cover the cost of cannabis for qualified patients. There are six patients taking part in the lawsuit, including one father participating on behalf of a minor patient. Defendants in the lawsuit include seven health insurance companies, including some of the biggest providers in the state like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and True Health New Mexico. Lawsuit Cites the Behavioral Health Services Equity Act The lawsuit states that under New Mexico law, the cost of a medication or medical service that treats behavioral disorders or mental health conditions should be covered without cost-sharing. This refers to the Behavioral Health Services Equity Act, a state law enacted in 2021. According to the lawsuit, if a health insurance provider has coverage for a behavior or mental health service, they should cover the entire cost of that service. Ultra Health and the patients involved in the lawsuit believe the court should recognize that medical cannabis is a recognized treatment option for behavioral and mental health issues in New Mexico and therefore should get the medical coverage it deserves. Along with the health coverage, the lawsuit asks for compensation for…

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