Thought Leadership

New checkpoint helps opioid users after a medical emergency

The issues of opioid misuse and overdose don’t stop, so we won’t stop either. A new outreach effort works to identify and reach out to opioid users with a recently detected medical emergency. Our goal is to help lead them to beneficial resources that might reduce their risk for overdose.

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Cigna pioneers solution for life-changing therapies

Cigna Health Services Business announces a significant new way we’re advancing healthcare. We are proud to introduce Embarc Benefit ProtectionSM, the industry’s first solution to begin to address the high cost of certain potentially curative gene therapy medicines.

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Reducing opioid use with the help of integrated dental, medical and pharmacy data

As part of a long-standing commitment to help curb opioid addiction and overdose, Cigna has collaborated with dentists to increase awareness of the dangers of opioids, the greater risk of misuse and addiction among teenagers, and safer non-opioid options to manage acute dental pain.

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Customers new to opioids get safer start

Drug abuse can become ongoing and compulsive. In fact, it only takes 10 days. With just a 10-day prescription, one in five people have an increased risk of opioid addiction.1 The Cigna Safe Opioid Starts (SOS) program attempts to help prevent this tough situation from taking root.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use - United States 2006–2015.” March 17, 2017. <https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6610a1.htm>

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Opioid Legislation Signed into Law

On October 24, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) was signed into law to address the United States opioid crisis and enhance the nationwide system for preventing and treating opioid addiction.

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