Cuomo, legislative leaders reach agreement on series of bills aimed at battling heroin epidemic

The most significant is a bill that will expand insurance coverage for people seeking treatment of drug addiction. (6/18/14)

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a series of bills aimed at fighting the heroin epidemic in New York.

The most significant is a bill that will expand insurance coverage for people seeking treatment of drug addiction.

“There will be one standard definition of what's medically necessary, so insurance companies can't play games and decide who gets treatment and who doesn't,” said Gov. Cuomo.

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Many of the bills resulted from a series of 18 public hearings that were held across the state by the state Senate.

Senators said they heard many stories from families whose children were battling addiction, but couldn't afford treatment.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also announced today the increased funding of Narcan kits for local, county and state police officers. Long Island will be getting more than $200,000 for 2,400 kits and training. Narcan is used to counteract heroin overdoses.

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