The S3 Bill is a step in the right direction
With the number of overdoses and drug induced deaths sky rocketing, it is a God send that Chris Christie has signed a bill into law which mandates insurance companies to accept addicts into treatment without delay. The law known as S3, which was signed by Christie in January, will hopefully aid in the fight against the heroin and opioid addiction that has run rampant in New Jersey this past decade. The day of the signing of the bill, Christie declared, “Today, we are taking action to save lives.” This issue is so important to families across New Jersey as children, mothers, and fathers are dying daily. The Bill, S3, has been controversial because it also requires doctors to limit the length of initial prescriptions for pain medication to no more than five days. This means that if someone has surgery and needs pain medication, they will have to go back in five days to get another prescription for it. Some think that the bill meddles in doctor-patient matters and worry that the bill “was going too far” with the five-day limit. These people must not know the gut-wrenching feeling of losing a loved one who was prescribed addictive medication which resulted in a drug induced death. People are very uneducated about how addicting these medications actually are. This bill is targeted at limiting the volume of pills out on the street and for getting addicts the help that they so desperately need.
The S3 law will help to get addicts and alcoholics up to six months of insurance for medically ordered inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment. The law also prohibits insurance companies from requiring patients receive prior authorization for the coverage for treatment. Hopefully, this will put a dent in the opioid epidemic and we will begin to see the end of so many deaths that are occurring every month right in front of our eyes.