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CareFirst plans to help curb opioid addiction through grants, programs

CareFirst plans to help curb opioid addiction through grants, programs

After noticing a large uptick in claims for addiction treatment services, including expensive emergency room visits, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield administrators said Wednesday that the insurer was developing a comprehensive method of caring for its customers.

The effort was announced by the state’s largest health insurer during an event at Baltimore City Hall, along with a plan to provide $1.5 million to nonprofit groups in the region to curb an opioid epidemic that has ravaged the city in particular.

“We cover in Maryland 2 million people, and about a quarter have some experience with prescription opioids and thousands are at risk of addiction,” said Chet...

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