Opioid Program and Resources
In response to the U.S. opioid epidemic, UnitedHealthcare has developed programs to help our members receive the care and treatment they need safely and effectively.
We’ve also established measures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) opioid treatment guidelines to help prevent overuse of short-acting and long-acting opioid medications.
Resources from UnitedHealthcare and Optum
Naloxone Coverage for UnitedHealthcare Members (PDF 323.61 KB)
Naloxone: What You Need to Know (PDF 62.67 KB)
Opioid Tapering Recommendations (PDF 102.65 KB)
The Role of Dentists in Managing Opioids (PDF 448.16 KB)
Treatment Alternatives for Common Pain Conditions (PDF 96.61 KB)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (2016)
CDC Opioid Overdose Guideline Resources
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Role of Prevention in Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California – Medi-Cal
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California
Medi-Cal Pharmacy Program
The Preferred Drug List (PDL) is a list of prescription drugs considered coverable by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California Medi-Cal. Click on the link below to view the Preferred Drug List.
Medi-Cal Preferred Drug List (PDF 2.19 MB)
Prior Authorization Forms
Prior Authorization Request Form (PDF 118.66 KB)