DHHS Budget Update – Opioid Prescriptions

March 20, 2012

There was an initiative in the DHHS Supplemental Budget limiting new Opioid prescriptions to 45 days for some MaineCare members who are ages 21 and over.

The Department has received some legal questions about this initiative. Therefore, we do not plan to implement this limit on April 1, 2012.

We are working with the Attorney General’s office and Maine State Legislature on the details involved with implementing this change, and will provide more information when it is available.

MaineCare members who have questions about this initiative can call the Member Services helpdesk at: 1-800-977-6740. Providers can call the Provider Services helpdesk at: 1-866-690-5585.