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Bulletin 188

Court mandated substance abuse treatment

May 28, 1991

The Bureau has received several complaints concerning denial of claims for substance abuse treatment on the grounds that the treatment was mandated by a court. Title 24 M.R.S.A. Section 2329 and Title 24-A M.R.S.A. Section 2842 mandate coverage of treatment for alcoholism and drug dependency. Rule Chapter 320 establishes minimum standards for these benefits. No exception for court mandated treatment is permitted. Services which would otherwise be covered may not be excluded based solely on court mandation.

Joseph A. Edwards
Superintendent of Insurance

NOTE: This bulletin is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to set forth legal rights, duties or privileges nor is it intended to provide legal advice. Readers are encouraged to consult applicable statutes and regulations and to contact the Bureau of Insurance if additional information is needed.

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