February 12, 2019
On February 12, 2019, AHIP submitted a statement for a Senate HELP Committee hearing on pain management.
Our statement emphasizes that health insurance providers are committed to continually working with Congress, state and community leaders, and health care providers to develop and implement the safest, most proven, and most effective policies and solutions that help people manage pain, prevent opioid misuse and abuse, and overcome the disease of addiction.
We explain: “In light of the nation’s opioid epidemic, clinicians, health insurance providers, and patients are increasingly evaluating non-opioid care treatments as a first-line option for the treatment of pain. As we move from routinely prescribing opioids for pain, we all have a role to play to ensure patients receive effective pain care. This includes increased efforts to support improved functionality and quality of life, as well as patient education and empowerment. Both clinicians and health insurance providers together will need to manage the new realities of a comprehensive, integrated, patient-focused pain management approach. The importance of the behavioral health and education components of pain management cannot be overemphasized.”