Cigna will drop a pol­icy that re­quired physi­cians to fill out ex­tra pa­per­work be­fore they could treat pa­tients for opi­oid ad­dic­tion.

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The move comes af­ter New York’s at­tor­ney gen­eral raised ques­tions about whether Cigna’s re­quire­ment cre­ated un­nec­es­sary treat­ment de­lays. The Bloom­field, Conn.-based in­surer says the change will make it eas­ier for cus­tomers to get med­i­ca­tions they need and is part of the com­pany’s broader ef­fort to re­duce opi­oid abuse by its cus­tomers. Med­i­ca­tion-as­sisted opi­oid ad­dic­tion treat­ment in­volves the use of drugs, com­bined with ther­apy, to help ad­dicts re­cover while min­i­miz­ing with­drawal symp­toms and crav­ing.

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