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NEW NAQC Resources on Medicaid and Tobacco Cessation Coverage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Dear Colleagues,

Have you been looking for resources on the topic of Medicaid reimbursement? In the course of the last year, NAQC has released three Medicaid cessation coverage reports, which are available at the links below:

How can we most effectively maximize the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to, and coverage of, tobacco cessation for Medicaid enrollees? 
Medicaid Administrative Match for Quitline Services: A Worthwhile Endeavor?
Medicaid Managed Care and Comprehensive Cessation Coverage: A Recommended Approach for State Tobacco Control Programs?
 
The NAQC Medicaid Cessation Coverage Roundtable grew out of two years of dialogue, technical assistance and resource development aimed at tobacco control programs working to secure cost-sharing partnerships with their state Medicaid agencies and leverage state quitlines to improve access to evidence-based treatment by Medicaid enrollees. The specific aims of the Roundtable were: 

  • To work across systems to improve understanding of the Medicaid cessation policy landscape in light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as general changes to Medicaid, that may impact on partnership-building efforts focused on tobacco cessation-related cost sharing and benefit design;
  • To clearly articulate to the tobacco control community how specific aspects of the  Medicaid policy landscape impact positively and negatively on efforts to improve coverage for cessation;
  • To develop targeted recommendations to decision-makers within HHS and CMS for addressing identified structural, operational and policy barriers to successful implementation of comprehensive cessation coverage for Medicaid enrollees; and
  • To provide a forum for strategizing and sharing information on both national and state Medicaid cessation policy priorities.
Each Roundtable meeting culminated in a report (see above) to the cessation community that introduces and provides background on the specific topic of the meeting, highlights the Roundtable discussion and proposes recommendations for accelerating progress.

For more information, please make sure to visit the NAQC Medicaid Coverage page.

Regards,

NAQC Staff

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