Coventry Cares to resume coverage of addiction drug

Business First

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:41am EDT

After cutting off access to a prescription drug used to treat addiction, Kentucky Medicaid contractor CoventryCares of Kentucky has resumed coverage for the drug.

According to a report by The Courier-Journal, a Harrodsburg, Ky.-based group had threatened to sue CoventryCares — a Coventry Health Care Inc. subsidiary — over its decision to stop coverage of buprenorphin, an anti-cravings drug prescribed under the name Suboxone.

The group alleged that Coventry violated its contracts to administer the Medicaid program in Kentucky when it refused to cover the drug.

As Business First previously reported, Coventry Health Care (NYSE: CVH), which bases its state headquarters in Louisville, was one of three new companies selected last year to manage Medicaid benefits in Kentucky.