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  • Montana and Wyoming enact opioid prescribing limits

    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 02, 2019
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    Government Affairs, opioid analgesics, Opioids
    Montana and Wyoming have enacted opioid prescribing limits focused on “opioid-naïve” patients. See our blog to learn the parameters and exceptions to the legislation and impact on workers’ compensation.

  • Florida approves smoking of medical marijuana

    | Mar 25, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Medical Marijuana
    The newly-elected Governor of Florida has paved the way for Florida residents in the medical marijuana program to smoke the product. This new option is available following the governor signing Senate Bill 182 into law on March 18, 2019.

  • Oklahoma adds structure to medical marijuana law

    | Mar 21, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    Oklahoma has enacted a law that adds rules and provides structure for the medical marijuana initiative that voters approved in 2018.

  • New Hampshire decision may open door for medical marijuana in workers’ comp

    | Mar 14, 2019
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    Pain Management, Workers Comp, workers compensation, Medical Marijuana
    Whether medical marijuana will be permitted in workers’ compensation is a hot topic. A recent Supreme Court decision in New Hampshire may open the door for medical marijuana in workers’ comp. Read more on our Policy Matters blog.

  • How to avoid unintended consequences when new policies are implemented

    • Optum Workers Comp
    | Feb 26, 2019
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    Government Affairs
    They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This axiom applies to collaborating on workers’ comp policy development with state and federal policymakers.

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