A new bill signed into state law by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has garnered national attention. The bill is designed to fight substance abuse in the state, and it places a significant emphasis on treatment for people living with substance use disorders.
The legislation requires insurance companies to cover a number of services that have not been universally available, including up to 14 days of inpatient treatment for those with substance use disorders. The bill received bipartisan support in the Massachusetts legislature.