Opioid addiction taking its toll on Ohio health insurers - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Opioid addiction taking its toll on Ohio health insurers

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Opioid addiction is a multi-billion dollar affair in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013 the opioid epidemic cost the United States more than $78.5 billion dollars. 

Since then the U.S. Surgeon General's Office has released information that suggests that between healthcare costs, criminal justice costs, and lost worker productivity the U.S. spends approximately $442 billion dollars every year. 

The Ohio Department of Medicaid reports that in 2016, the State of Ohio spent more than $939 million on the opioid crisis and that Medicaid drug addiction and behavioral health services accounted for 70 percent of that cost

For family members across the Valley, the cost is much more personal- but there's no doubt to many that workplaces, businesses, and even health insurers are feeling the pressure. 

A report published by FAIR Health found that private insurance claims in Ohio involving opioid dependence-related diagnoses increased 770 percent from 2007 to 2014.  

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says that is why he is creating a new task force about insurance companies' roles in the epidemic. 

"The financial burden of the opioid epidemic has costs which are paid by health insurance subscribers and taxpayers alike," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "Because fighting this problem requires a multifaceted approach, insurers are important partners in addressing the opioid epidemic."

The task force will consist of representatives from the following health insurers:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Buckeye Health Plan
  • CareSource
  • Medical Mutual
  • Molina
  • Paramount
  • United Healthcare

DeWine says that the insurers will discuss topics like the medical necessity of pre-authorizations for buprenorphine and other medications utilized in medication-assisted treatment, guidelines that reduce the number of opioid prescriptions while still ensuring that patients receive safe and effective pain management, and creating pharmacy or provider "lock-in" programs for members at high risk for opioid abuse, as well as others. 
 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Records: Suspect in golfer's death struggled after prison

    Records: Suspect in golfer's death struggled after prison

    Saturday, September 22 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-09-22 15:55:02 GMT
    (Iowa) Jail via AP). This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards. Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Se...(Iowa) Jail via AP). This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards. Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Se...
    Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his departure from prison and his alleged killing of a star golfer from Spain.More >>
    Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his departure from prison and his alleged killing of a star golfer from Spain.More >>
  • Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

    Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

    Saturday, September 22 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-09-22 15:51:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Obama is launching a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming," a tour fe...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). FILE - In this June 22, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans. Obama is launching a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming," a tour fe...
    There has never been a book tour quite like the one planned for Michelle Obama's "Becoming.".More >>
    There has never been a book tour quite like the one planned for Michelle Obama's "Becoming.".More >>
  • PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

    PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Alex Jones, Infowars

    Saturday, September 22 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-09-22 14:51:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before ...(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File). FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill after listening to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before ...
    PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his Infowars site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles "I Stand With Trump" t-shirts, Wake Up America coffee, dietary supplements and survival food.More >>
    PayPal is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his Infowars site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles "I Stand With Trump" t-shirts, Wake Up America coffee, dietary supplements and survival food.More >>
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Former YPD chief drops YSU discrimination suit

    Former YPD chief drops YSU discrimination suit

    Saturday, September 22 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-09-22 15:51:38 GMT
    Jimmy HughesJimmy Hughes

    Former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes is dropping a lawsuit accusing Youngstown State University of discrimination. 

    More >>

    Former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes is dropping a lawsuit accusing Youngstown State University of discrimination. 

    More >>
  • Sharon's Retro Arcade puts pinball back in style

    Sharon's Retro Arcade puts pinball back in style

    Saturday, September 22 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-09-22 14:23:43 GMT

    It wasn't too long ago that arcades were all over the place. As those started to go away pinball became sort of a lost art, but one man in Sharon is determined to bring it back with his own Retro Arcade.

    More >>

    It wasn't too long ago that arcades were all over the place. As those started to go away pinball became sort of a lost art, but one man in Sharon is determined to bring it back with his own Retro Arcade.

    More >>
  • Youngstown Giant Eagle locations partner with 'OfferUp'

    Youngstown Giant Eagle locations partner with 'OfferUp'

    Saturday, September 22 2018 10:06 AM EDT2018-09-22 14:06:21 GMT
    Giant Eagle recently announced the launch of a partnership with OfferUp, which is the nation's largest mobile marketplace.  According to a press release, customers who buy or sell items within the OfferUp mobile app will be able to choose of one six Youngstown-area Giant Eagle and GetGo locations as their Community MeetUp Spot, where people can complete their transactions in a secure location that is monitored, well-lit and surveilled.  The press release informed that 'Com...More >>
    Giant Eagle recently announced the launch of a partnership with OfferUp, which is the nation's largest mobile marketplace.  According to a press release, customers who buy or sell items within the OfferUp mobile app will be able to choose of one six Youngstown-area Giant Eagle and GetGo locations as their Community MeetUp Spot, where people can complete their transactions in a secure location that is monitored, well-lit and surveilled.  The press release informed that 'Com...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms