Covering Cannabis as a Health Benefit: What Consumers Need to Know
Featured expert: Stacey L. Worthy, Esq.
As products containing cannabis increase in popularity, chances are that many consumers either have used or are considering using such products. However, these products have not gone through the FDA’s rigorous safety and efficacy process, meaning consumers could be at risk of ingesting contaminated and dangerous substances. Additionally, consumers often take cannabis-containing products without appropriate medical supervision, which could lead to harmful side effects.
Some states have introduced legislation that would require health plans to cover non-FDA-approved cannabis products. This type of legislation poses health and safety risks to consumers. Consumers and policymakers alike must be educated on the risks of covering these products. In this session, an attorney from Aimed Alliance will discuss the law and policy surrounding the cannabis-containing products, address legislative developments regarding coverage of cannabis as a health and workers’ compensation benefit, provide important health and safety considerations, and highlight potential legal consequences.
Participants who attend this session should be able to:
- Describe recent developments in the cannabis law and policy, including proposals to require coverage of cannabis as a health and workers’ compensation benefit
- Summarize important health and safety considerations surrounding cannabis-containing products
- Identify highlight potential legal consequences of recently proposed legislation and regulations
Stacey L. Worthy, Esq. is a principal at Sequel Health Law, PLLC and counsel to Aimed Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the rights of health care consumers and practitioners. As counsel to Aimed Alliance, Ms. Worthy provides unique legal insight through research and analysis of laws, regulations, and legislation; assists with advocacy initiatives; offers policy analysis; and supports coalition-building efforts of allied organizations focused on advancing common goals. She frequently engages in educational and outreach activities with employers and HR professionals, including on the topic of safety and legal risks associated with marijuana in the workplace. Her other clients include not-for-profit patient advocacy groups, health policy organizations, and other members of the health care industry. Ms. Worthy is also the author of several scholarly articles, including most recently, “Dazed and Confused: Making Sense of Employers’ Risks from Mandated Coverage of Non-FDA-Approved Cannabis Products,” in Seton Hall Legislative Journal.
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