In 2014, the Commonwealth sought to increase access to substance abuse treatment by requiring public and commercial health insurance plans to cover addiction treatment services for up to 14 days without prior authorization. This policy covered a variety of treatments, including Access to Stabilization (ATS), or detoxification, and Clinical Stabilization Services (CSS), a post detox step-down. 

Unfortunately, this program has certain limitations, namely the number of days covered and types of treatments to which it applies. This legislation would extend the required coverage period from 14 days to 30 days and expand coverage to include Transitional Support Services (TSS), another form of step-down treatment.