|By John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"We knew that this bill would have an immediate impact on thwarting the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs in our state, and the statistics over the last few months are already showing progress," Beshear said in a statement.
Responding to public complaints, the
"From our discussions with company representatives, it does not appear that this was ever a widespread problem, and insurers indicate these tests are a covered benefit," the
To curb prescription drug abuse,
Last month, the
"This is much better, and I appreciate it," Burton said. "But it continues to be a problem out there for a lot of people. Look at all the calls and the noise I had to make just to get this fixed. How many people are in a position to do that? A lot of folks are just going to get stuck with these bills, and they won't be able to pay them and their credit will be ruined."
Clark said other Kentuckians who have complaints about insurance coverage of urine tests required under HB 1 can call the
State officials said they don't know how many Kentuckians will be required to submit to urine testing under HB 1. They also don't know how much the tests are supposed to cost, although they're currently researching that information.
Doctors can order patients to submit to targeted drug screening, which should be cheaper, or comprehensive drug screening, which is likely to cost more, they said. Tests should begin at around
"Our assumption -- and maybe it was a faulty assumption -- was that doctors were familiar with the testing process, so they knew which tests to order," Vest said. "Our understanding was, the doctor could pick the test that made the most sense for each individual patient. So this response has been a little surprising to us."