Comp Insurers Could Avoid Medical Marijuana Claims Under Arizona Bill

ARIZONA:  An Arizona bill would allow workers compensation insurers and employers self-insured for workers comp to deny payment for medical marijuana.

H.B. 2346 was introduced Jan. 28 in the Arizona House by a group of 12 Republican sponsors, according to the Arizona State Legislature website.

The legislation, as proposed, would update Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, which passed in 2010 and already allows government medical assistance programs and private health insurers to deny payment for medical marijuana. Proposed language would add workers comp insurers and self-insured employers to the list of entities that are not required to pay for the drug, according to the bill posted online.

The Arizona House insurance committee is slated to consider the medical marijuana bill on Wednesday.