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Concerns that Medical Marijuana is Not Covered By Insurance

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Medical marijuana dispensaries are opening up across the state.
         Patients are buying products but none of it is covered by insurance.
 
         Patients are spending anywhere between 200 and 800 dollars a month.
         The law that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania does not determine what dispensaries may charge for the medicine.
     But,  that law does require the state to provide financial relief to patients in the future.
          Growers-processors have to pay a tax  and that money goes into a fund which will eventually be used to help patients afford it.
 
"The program has only been running for a month or so now and the program is based upon the taxes from the cost of the product, so it is going to be awhile before we have those policies and procedures set up and we have the financial resources to be able to help those patients" Said Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.
The law also requires the Health Department to repay the general fund any money they used to get the medical marijuana program up and running before it can set up a financial hardship fund.


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