Helping Smokers Quit — Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act
Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Stephen Babb, M.P.H., Simon McNabb, B.A., and Michael C. Fiore, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Helping Smokers Quit — Opportunities Created by the Affordable Care Act.
November 19, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1411437
The ACA has the potential to dramatically increase coverage of evidence-based cessation treatments, making these treatments available to millions of Americans. However, these potential benefits will be realized only if both smokers and physicians are aware of the opportunities the law affords. Promotion will be essential to gain important outcomes for the tobacco-cessation benefit. Physicians from every specialty, public health entities, insurers, and health care organizations can all play vital roles in making patients who use tobacco aware of the expanded cessation-coverage options now available to them.