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Massachusetts considering medical marijuana reimbursement bill

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Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would force workers compensation insurers and employers to reimburse for medical marijuana.

H.B. 1949, introduced Feb. 16 but made public Tuesday, states that “reasonable and necessary service costs” under workers comp code “may include reimbursement for medical cannabis provided to injured employees who are qualifying patients” according to their health care provider.

New York lawmakers introduced similar legislation in February. Comp experts say medical marijuana reimbursement continues to be an industry issue as insurers grapple with conflicting state and federal laws.