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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 4, 2014

Shifts in Medicaid Coverage for Smoking Cessation Treatment

JAMA. 2014;311(21):2163. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.5113

A number of state Medicaid programs have added coverage for more evidence-based smoking cessation treatments, but many also made it more difficult for enrollees to access the treatment.

Data from the American Lung Association (ALA) show that Medicaid programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia currently cover some cessation treatments for at least some enrollees. However, only 7 states cover all 9 evidence-based treatments surveyed in the ALA report and 26 states cover the 7 cessation medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for all populations and plans (Singleterry J et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[12]:264-269).

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