For Health Care Professionals
Encourage patients to be physically active and eat healthy
Encourage patients to stop using tobacco products
- As a health care provider, you can encourage and educate your patients about the importance of being tobacco-free.
- Quitting tobacco is the most important step your patients can take to improve their health.
Why should you, a member of a busy clinical team, consider making the treatment of tobacco use a priority?
- Studies have shown that smokers prefer to receive information regarding quitting from their medical care professionals.
- Brief advice about smoking cessation from a clinician yielded a 66% increase in successful quit rates.
How can you start?
Tobacco Cessation Coverage
- United States Department of Labor, Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs
- Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, How the Affordable Care Act affects tobacco use and control
- Most tobacco cessation medications are included in the HRSA 340B Drug Pricing Program, which provides discounts on outpatient prescription drugs to select safety-net providers, including health centers.
- As of October 1, 2010, all state Medicaid programs must provide a comprehensive cessation benefit for pregnant women with no cost sharing by the patient. A similar provision applies to some private group and individual plans as of September 23, 2010.
- As of June 2011, state Medicaid programs are allowed to reimburse quitlines for callers enrolled in Medicaid.
- As of January 1, 2013, state Medicaid programs that voluntarily cover all recommended preventive services, including tobacco cessation, receive increased federal reimbursements.
- As of January 1, 2014, state Medicaid programs will no longer be able to exclude tobacco cessation drugs from prescription drug coverage.
**Smoking prevalence rates are much higher in Medicaid populations than in the general population**
Last modified on 10/09/2020