Medicare Plans, a patient support center that provides resources to better understand Medicare, recently conducted a survey on the idea of Medicare insurance for medicinal cannabis treatments and products. Here are some highlights from their findings.
Recently, Medicare Plans, a patient support center that provides resources to understand Medicare, conducted a survey of current Medicare beneficiaries on their opinion of Medicare coverage for medicinal cannabis treatments and products (1). The survey was conducted online with 1,250 Americans age 65 and older. It covered topics such as past and current cannabis use, political affiliation, and how much patients spend on cannabis products each month. Medicare Plans released its survey results this month.
Some of the most notable findings according to Medicare Plans were:
- One in five Medicare beneficiaries currently uses medicinal cannabis
- 23% have used medicinal cannabis in the past
- 66% of Medicare beneficiaries “strongly agree” or “agree” that Medicare should cover medicinal cannabis
- 59% of those who support Medicare insurance for medical cannabis say it’s because it can be effective where other treatments fail
- 38% of Medicare beneficiaries who use medical cannabis don’t want Medicare insurance because they fear it will increase the price
Medicare Plans pointed out that the use of medicinal cannabis is currently legal in 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia. However, because cannabis is both illegal at the federal level and, in most cases, not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), health insurance doesn’t pay for it. Medicare Plans also noted that with the recent passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act in the House of Representatives, the issue of whether insurance should cover medical cannabis may need to be addressed soon.
To view the survey results in detail, please visit: https://www.medicareplans.com/1-in-5-medicare-recipients-use-medical-marijuana/