We have just received information that the Division of Banking and Insurance has denied a request from Horizon to utilize American Specialty Health Network to administer Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Acupuncture and Speech Therapy for all Horizon customers both in and out of the State Health Benefits Plan.
The New Jersey State PBA led the initiative to disallow the implementation for three main reasons. First, the belief that the model that would be implemented would restrict access to much needed, non surgical options. Next, to help limit use of opiates for musculoskeletal injuries, which are suffered by our members on a regular basis. The last reason was because of the practices that were outlined in a 2012 consent order involving the network.
This denial does not mean that Horizon cannot make future application for these services and we ask our members to remain vigilant and responsive in our continued effort to protect our health benefits.