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Medical cannabis

Investigational services and devices are not eligible for coverage under most HealthPartners plans. Please see your plan documents for your specific coverage information. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage.

Administrative Process

Prior authorization is not required for medical cannabis.

Coverage

Medical cannabis is not an FDA-approved drug, and is therefore considered investigational/experimental and not a covered benefit.

Background

Beginning July 1, 2015 Minnesota law allows seriously ill Minnesotans to acquire and use medical cannabis to treat certain conditions.

To receive medical cannabis, Minnesota residents need to receive certification of their condition from a MN licensed health care provider, and then submit an application to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Indications that are not covered

Medical cannabis is not covered for any indication.

Definitions

Minnesota statute defines medical cannabis as any species of the genus cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them, including whole plant extracts and resins, and is delivered in the form of:

  1. liquid, including, but not limited to, oil;
  2. pill;
  3. vaporized delivery method with use of liquid or oil but which does not require the use of dried leaves or plant form; or
  4. any other method, excluding smoking, approved by the Minnesota state commissioner

Products

This information is for most, but not all, HealthPartners plans. Please read your plan documents to see if your plan has limits or will not cover some items. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage. These coverage criteria may not apply to Medicare Products if Medicare requires different coverage. For more information regarding Medicare coverage criteria or for a copy of a Medicare coverage policy, contact Member Services at 952-883-7979 or 1-800-233-9645.

Reference

  1. Minnesota Department of Health - www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/

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Policy activity

  • 03/18/2015 - Date of origin
  • 05/26/2017 - Effective date
Review date
  • 04/2017
Revision date
  • 05/10/2016

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