Bicycle Health's expansion underscores the company's objective to make evidence-based opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment available to people all around the country.
Fremont, CA: "The solution to America's worsening opioid crisis doesn't lie in sending people to expensive rehab centers or the criminal justice system, the key is increasing access to effective, safe, and affordable treatment options," comments Ankit Gupta, CEO, and Founder of Bicycle Health. Bicycle Health, the nation's largest virtual care provider of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), is expanding to Connecticut. In Connecticut, Bicycle Health is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare, with more insurance carriers on the way. Patients can also pay a monthly out-of-pocket membership charge to use Bicycle Health's services. With the inclusion of Connecticut, Bicycle Health can now treat OUD in 24 states, covering nearly two-thirds of the population of the United States.
The expansion of Bicycle Health will make it much easier for Connecticut citizens to get suboxone therapy, a drug that has been shown to help people avoid harsh opioid withdrawal symptoms and assist long-term recovery. Connecticut now has only 881 suboxone providers, compared to states like Arizona, which has over 1,100, and Ohio, which has over 2,000. Furthermore, while the bulk of doctors in the state requires in-person visits in order to prescribe therapy, Bicycle Health's services are entirely virtual. Patients can now get treatment on their own time and in the privacy of their own homes.
"As a Connecticut native and someone who has battled opioid use disorder myself, I'm incredibly proud that Bicycle Health is extending its services to a community so near and dear to my heart, states Sarah Howroyd, Bicycle Health's Director of Behavioral Health and Founder of the Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative. "Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) or Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) helped me stabilize my addiction and move forward with my life. Bicycle Health's expansion will make it possible for so many others across the state to access the treatment they need and deserve."
"MAT has proven to be the most effective method for treating opioid addiction, yet the barriers for receiving prescriptions remain incredibly high. At Bicycle Health, our mission is to make MAT easily accessible to patients nationwide and launching in Connecticut means were one step closer to achieving that goal." adds Ankit Gupta.