A bill has been reintroduced during the 2023-2024 legislative session in New York to include coverage of medical marijuana in public insurance programs potentially. If the bill is approved, it will amend the state’s Public Health Law to recognize medical marijuana as a “prescription drug,” “covered drug,” or “health care service.” This modification would allow for insurance coverage of medical marijuana through programs like Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), Essential Plan programs, and workers’ compensation.

It’s important to remember that the bill’s status may undergo changes, and the specific provisions may not be active at the time of your inquiry. Consulting with a legal or healthcare professional is recommended for the most current and personalized advice.