Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday announced they had reached an agreement on a package of bills that are aimed at combating heroin and opioid addiction in New York.

The bills cover a range of issues, including strengthening insurance access for addiction treatment, provide better access to the treatment itself and considers prevention components.

“New York and the nation as a whole is grappling with how to combat heroin and opioid addiction and, with this comprehensive plan, we are continuing to take decisive action to end this epidemic and protect our families and communities,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“This multi-faceted legislative package will increase access to treatment, expand prevention strategies, and save lives by helping ensure New Yorkers struggling with addiction have access to the services and resources they need to get well. I commend Majority Leader Flanagan, Speaker Heastie and Senator Klein for their deep dedication to addressing this issue, and I look forward to our continued work to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”

The measures come in the final days of the legislative session and after lawmakers in both chambers spent months with task forces and roundtables around the state hearing concerns and stories of a growing heroin addiction problem in New York.

Senate Republicans had previously passed a slate of bills to combat heroin abuse, including a law enforcement provision that would tackle drug dealers.

The suite of measures agreed to in bills submitted late Monday night have an emphasis on insurance, such as ending prior authorization to allow immediate access for in-patient treatment.

At the same time, the bill would end the prior authorization requirement for access to drug treatment medications. All insurance companies will be required to use a state-approved criteria to determine the level of care for people with addiction.

Evaluation time for those incapacitated by drugs will be increased from 48 hours to 72 hours. Hospitals will be required to provide follow-up treatment service. More trained professionals will be allowed to administration the drug naloxone which has been credited with halting the effects of an overdose.

For prevention, lawmakers and Cuomo are backing a reduction in prescription limits for opioids from 30 days to seven days and want to have an on-going education campaign for physicians and prescribers of opioids.