Sep 27, 2018
On average in the United States,
115 people die each day from an opioid overdose. As this epidemic
has touched workers, employers have sought to address it through
innovative plan design and outreach. Meanwhile,
Congress is poised to enact legislation designed to stem the tide
of opioid abuse and addiction.
Earlier this year, the American
Benefits Council, in partnership with the Midwest Business Group on
Health (MBGH), hosted a webinar in which we discussed the efforts
and challenges for employers working to make a difference in this
area. In this week’s edition of the American Benefits Podcast, we
share the audio from that webinar, which is normally provided for
Council members only.
The webinar featured
Wilber, American Benefits Council
senior counsel, health policy, and Cheryl
Larson, MBGH president and CEO, as well
as guest speakers Dr. William
Lopez, senior medical
director-behavioral health at Cigna Healthcare, [12:42] talking
about insurer initiatives to improve plan design and treatment
Parrott, manager of healthcare strategy
& policy for The Boeing Company, [23:51] recounting his company’s
efforts to that maintain quality of care while ensuring tighter
controls for dosing and quantity limits; and Sarah Bassler
Millar, partner with Drinker Biddle &
Reath LLP, [44:56] describing the legislative, regulatory and legal
landscape surrounding these issues.
To participate in future
webinars, consider joining the American Benefits Council, which
offers programs like these at no charge as part of the member
company’s annual investment.