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Maine: Require Insurance to Cover Medical Marijuana Expenses

Update: LD 1064 was voted down on June 12 and will no longer recieve consideration this year. 

Update: LD 1064 was heard in committee on 4/4 at 1:00 PM.

Legislation is pending, LD 1064, to require health insurance policies to cover expenses related to the physician authorized use of medical cannabis.

The measure states, “A carrier offering a health plan in this State shall provide coverage for marijuana for  medical use for an enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from a medical provider.”

The purchase of medical cannabis is a significant expense for many patients, particularly those dealing with chronic conditions for which cannabis-related products provide relief. Just as health insurance provide financial assistance to offset other medical and health-related expenditures, these policies should also address the medical use of marijuana.

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