DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado health officials announced an expansion to the state’s health plans on Tuesday. The expansions will focus on mental health and pain management.
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That includes making sure that gender affirmation treatments are an essential benefit. That’s something that is a first in the U.S.READ MORE: Construction At Arkins Promenade To Be Finished By The End Of 2021
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The new rules also address the opioid crisis by looking at how the medications are prescribed and considering alternatives to address pain as a mental health crisis.