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State Briefs

Eleven states are participating in the NAQC initiative to advance the sustainability of state quitlines through the formation of public-private partnerships. Each of the states has different levels of experience in forming cost-sharing strategies and models. While the states are in the infancy stage of partnership development, their experiences are rich and diverse.

To learn more about each of the state’s goals and efforts in building cost-sharing partnerships, as well as the state’s quitline services see the table below and click on the URL for the State’s Brief.

State Organization

 

Project Lead

E-mail

Telephone

Existing Cost-Sharing Partnerships

Current Partnership Focus

 

State Brief

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease

Courtney Ward, MPA, Tobacco Program Lead

wardc@azdhs.gov

602-542-2075

 

State as an employer

 

Employer, Medicaid and private health plans

 

URL

Florida Department of Health

Gregg Smith, MBA, Policy Administrator and

Jennifer Harris, Statewide Tobacco Policy Manager

 

Gregg_Smith @doh.state.fl.us; Jennifer_Harris@doh.state.fl.us

850-245-4444 ext. 2485 (GS); 772-871-7258 (JH)

 

None

County government, school districts, and city governments

 

URL

Kentucky Department for Health

Bobbye Gray, Tobacco Cessation Administrator

bobbye.gray@ky.gov

502-564-9358 ext. 4017

None

State as an employer, Medicaid MCO’s, major private health plans

 

URL

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control

 

Sara Wolfe, MS, Quitline Manager

Sara.Wolfe@maryland.gov

410-767-1364

 

Medicaid FFP

Employers, State as an employer, Medicaid, and private health plans.

 

URL

Massachusetts; Department of Public Health, Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

 

Anna Landau, MPH, Director of Tobacco Cessation Programs

 

anna.landau@state.ma.us

 

617-624-5941

Medicaid FFP; private plans; trade unions

 

State as an employer; private health plans; Medicaid behavioral health carve-out

 

URL

Nevada State Health Division, Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section, Tobacco prevention and Control Program

 

Natalie Powell, MPH, Tobacco Prevention and Control Coordinator 

 

 

npowell@health.nv.gov

 

775- 684-5834 

None

None at present

URL

New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Teresa Brown, BS, TSS

tmbrown@dhhs.state.nh.us

603-271-8949

None

Medicaid

 

 

URL

North Carolina Division of Public Health

Joyce Swetlick, MPH; Director of Tobacco Cessation

joyce.swetlick@dhhs.nc.gov

919-707-5402

NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees; Medicaid FFP MOU

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC; Orange County as an employer; Medicaid

 

 

N/A

Rhode Island Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program

Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Cessation Coordinator

Dana.MccantsDerisier@health.ri.gov

401-222-7625

 

None

State as an employer, Medicaid (managed care and fee-for-service), and major private health plans

 

URL

Texas, University of Texas at Austin

Shelley Karn, EdD, Program Manager for Tobacco Control and Prevention

shelleykarn@mail.utexas.edu

512-232-9307

None

State as an employer, Medicaid (managed care and fee-for-service), and major private health plans

N/A

Utah Department of Health

 

Sandra Schulthies, MS, Cessation Services Coordinator

sandys1@utah.gov

801-538-6502

Intermountain Healthcare/Select Health (large employer)contracts directly with a quitline vendor and Public Employees Health Plan (State as an employer) contracts with state quitline

 

Private health plans and employers, and Medicaid

 

URL

 

If you are interested in advancing cost –sharing partnerships in your state, please contact Deb Osborne, Manager of Public-private Partnerships at dosborne@naquitline.org.   

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