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NY Bill Would Require Medical Marijuana Be Covered By Public Health Insurance [“Child Health Plus”]
Marijuana Moment ^ | October 23, 2018 | Tom Angell

Posted on 10/29/2018 7:27:22 AM PDT by Fitzy_888

Public heath insurance programs would be required to cover medical marijuana in New York if a new Assembly bill is enacted.

“Cost is the primary barrier to patient access in New York’s medical marijuana program,” reads a memo attached to the legislation. “Medicaid, other public health plans, and commercial health insurance plans do not cover medical marijuana, forcing patients to pay out of pocket. Some patients begin treatment only to stop due to inability to pay, while others turn to the black market.”

“For thousands of patients, medical marijuana is a safer and more effective medication than other drugs, especially opioids.”

The bill, filed on Monday by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and 17 cosponsors, would add medical cannabis coverage to four publicly funded health programs—Medicaid, Child Health Plus, workers compensation and EPIC, as well as the largely publicly funded Essential Plan.

“For Medicaid and Child Health Plus, there would presumably not be federal matching funds until the federal government changes its policies, but New York’s Medicaid and Child Health Plus programs have always covered people and services for which we do not receive federal match,” the Assembly memo says.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cuomo; deepstate; medicaid; medicalmarijuana; moralabsolutes; ny; potheads; trump
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1 posted on 10/29/2018 7:27:22 AM PDT by Fitzy_888
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To: Fitzy_888

The stupid just won’t stop in my state...….DAMN!


2 posted on 10/29/2018 7:31:03 AM PDT by heshtesh (Brtan)
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To: Fitzy_888

looks like NY is getting ready to fund weed to all comers - how easy is it to fake a doctor’s note on need?


3 posted on 10/29/2018 7:31:49 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Fitzy_888

Would Hydroponic growing supplies become Medical Devices?


4 posted on 10/29/2018 7:32:11 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You know that I am full of /S)
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To: Fitzy_888


5 posted on 10/29/2018 7:32:38 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Fitzy_888

Taxpayer subsidized weed.


6 posted on 10/29/2018 7:34:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dp0622

Ping.


7 posted on 10/29/2018 7:35:26 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Fitzy_888

Economically, this is funny, a circle jerk of sorts.

MJ is inherently a low-cost product, even under careful breeding and cultivation. It’s taxes, with the consequent licensing, high prices, and motivation for black market activity, that make legalized MJ expensive.

So, a bill like this will support the prices for legal medical MJ even more, increasing the regulatory supervision, the circular tax-flow, and the incentives to bypass the whole regime through the black market.

So silly.


8 posted on 10/29/2018 7:39:05 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine ("It's always a party when you're eating the seed corn.")
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To: PIF

If it’s easy to get opioids, and it is in my neck of the Upstate woods, it’ll be even easier to get weed.


9 posted on 10/29/2018 7:42:37 AM PDT by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: Fitzy_888

It works better and is cheaper than synthetic drugs for many illnesses. Also far less addictive and toxic.

No reason it should not be included in insurance as with any other medication.

If you’re worried about some people getting “high”, the Rx pills are FAR worse in every aspect. More impairing, more toxic, more addictive. Heck, METH can be legally prescribed to kids with “ADHD” but this plant is seen as a bigger problem. The power of propoganda...


10 posted on 10/29/2018 7:44:17 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Fitzy_888

Cost? Every homeless junkie can find a way to pay for it.


11 posted on 10/29/2018 7:45:49 AM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know. how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: heshtesh
The stupid just won’t stop in my state

Yinz guys should just elect the Communist Lesbian Actress and get it over with.


12 posted on 10/29/2018 7:46:21 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Fitzy_888

Like the rest of the “doctors” and “health care providers”, now the marijuana industry is getting in on the act of using the stupid Liberals and their squishy sentiments (oh, we must “help” those “patients” who use marijuana) to INSURE the Marijuana gets its money MANDATED BY LAW to be picked up by the insurers - and passed on in higher premiums to the sheeple that believe the idiot Liberals.


13 posted on 10/29/2018 7:46:33 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: mewzilla

If it’s easy to get opioids, and it is in my neck of the Upstate woods, it’ll be even easier to get weed.

And the weed will be Free!! Free stuff, yippy!


14 posted on 10/29/2018 7:46:52 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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The state isn’t circling the bowl fast enough for Albany.

Sigh.


15 posted on 10/29/2018 7:51:48 AM PDT by mewzilla (Is Central America emptying its prisons?)
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To: varyouga
Except that multiple studies show that folks under 25 should NOT take MJ, as it changes the brain chemistry in developing brains.

So would they allow medical MJ only for those over 25 and under 26?

16 posted on 10/29/2018 8:04:56 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Fitzy_888
If I used drugs, why would I want to choose legal marijuana, medical or not? The gov has a record of purchases. It's taxed. And it won't be long before pharmaceutical companies take over the legal stuff and get to over-charge the insurance companies for it, keep secret what its ingredients are, and force everyone else to subsidize it. Won't be long before some ginned up outrage causes home-grown to be illegal. (happens to everything that cuts into taxes and corporate profits)

Way to Go, Stoners! You really thought this "legalize marijuana" thing through!

17 posted on 10/29/2018 8:07:46 AM PDT by grania ("You don't give power to an angry left wing mob")
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To: Fitzy_888

Are there any peer reviewed medical studies even supporting one medical claim about marijuana?


18 posted on 10/29/2018 8:08:39 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Fitzy_888

Considering how medical marijuana seems to be “prescribed” for every known ailment to man this would mean free marijuana for all stoner NYers.


19 posted on 10/29/2018 8:09:55 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Fitzy_888

I guess NY missed the recent report of auto accidents increasing in states that have legalized marijuana? Or do they really not care about the innocent people?


20 posted on 10/29/2018 8:29:21 AM PDT by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell)
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