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Does Kaiser Cover Suboxone?

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Suboxone is a brand-name drug that is comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, which according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is defined as “drugs, substances, or chemicals with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.” Suboxone is an FDA approved medication specifically designed to treat individuals sixteen years old and older struggling with opioid dependence. When used properly and under the direct supervision of a medical professional Suboxone can be extremely helpful to an individual’s recovery process, as it helps to reduce active drug cravings and alleviates some of the adverse symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist. Analogous to all opioid substances, it works by attaching to the opioid receptors in one’s brain. A person that has habitually abused opioids will become tolerant to the abused substance. This means that an individual will require more opioids to produce the same effects. When a brain that has become accustomed to a certain amount of opioids present has an insufficient amount, it will react accordingly, and withdrawal symptoms will ensue. This cycle will perpetuate, as the brain will then crave the opioid. When Suboxone is used, it blocks the full agonist (abused opioid substance) by attaching to the opioid receptor, expelling any existing opioids, and prohibiting any others from attaching. Because Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, it produces minimal opioid effects enabling it to significantly reduce the adverse withdrawal symptoms, but not enough to produce any feelings of euphoria. 

Kaiser Permanente 

Kaiser Permanente is the largest not-for-profit managed care organization in America and was founded in 1945. It is made up of three organizations: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and Permanente Medical Groups. It offers high-quality and affordable healthcare through individual and family medical insurance plans. As of 2021, Kaiser Permanente plans became available for purchase through the Marketplace in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Oregon. The treatment coverage may vary between Kaiser Permanente plans, but all include some level of coverage for in-network providers (such as Friendly House) delivering outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient services, including the cost of Suboxone treatment for its members. Prior to the rendering of any type of service, it is best to verify with the provider that they are in-network and accept your plan. 

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