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SAVE-the-DATE: May 25, 2016 – Medicaid, Quitlines and Tobacco Cessation Benefits

Wednesday, May 04, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

NAQC is excited to announce the third webinar in the 2016 Webinar Series: Medicaid, Quitlines and Tobacco Cessation Benefits on May 25, 2016 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm (ET).

The 2014 NHIS reported 16.8% of US adults currently smoke, reflecting a dramatic 20% drop in smoking rates compared to 2005. However, not all populations have experienced the same decline. According to the 2014 NHIS, the current smoking rate among US adults with Medicaid coverage is 29.1% (a 16.7% decline from 2005, but still significantly higher than the overall adult smoking rate). Further analysis  reveals that adults aged 25 to 44 years old enrolled in Medicaid have a smoking prevalence of 35.6%. This data demonstrates that tobacco related health disparities (TRHD) persist among the Medicaid population and calls for focused efforts to increase access to and use of tobacco cessation services among the Medicaid population.

State quitlines have had varying levels of success working with and affecting change on cessation services offered to Medicaid beneficiaries in their states. This tempered success is partly due to a lack of clarity in how Medicaid functions and ways state tobacco control programs/quitlines can work with state Medicaid agencies, as well as administrative barriers of the federal and state Medicaid programs.

A representative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will provide an overview of Medicaid focusing on Tobacco Cessation and Quitline Services.

In addition, two states will present an overview and lessons learned from their recent efforts with Medicaid. Minnesota will present on their effort to remove co-pays for all medications provided by Medicaid., and Nevada will present on their efforts to influence cessation benefit language for Medicaid MCO RFPs.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the 3rd webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand how Medicaid functions and the roles of the Federal Government and State Governments
  • Describe ways state tobacco control programs/quitlines can work with state Medicaid agencies to ensure access to quitline services, other evidence-based cessation services and cessation medications.
  • Describe possible steps quitlines can take to partner with state Medicaid agencies

To register for the Medicaid, Quitlines and Tobacco Cessation Benefits on May 25, 2016 at 2:00pm to3:30pm (ET) click here.
Webinar Resources and Discussion Questions:

In preparation for the May 25 webinar on Medicaid we have provided some resources below.  

·         NAQC - Quitlines and Medicaid:
o   Provides overview of quitline services and Medicaid, as well as tools and resources for quitlines interested in seeking Federal Financial Participation (FFP).
·         NAQC – Recommended Cessation Benefit Language for Medicaid MCO RFPs:
o   Provides example Tobacco Cessation Benefit language for Medicaid MCO RFPs so Medicaid enrollees have a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit, including  access to quitline services paid for by the MCO.
·          Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured:
o   Provides background and key information on Medicaid.
·         American Lung Association – Tobacco Cessation & Prevention:
o   Provides key information on Tobacco Cessation Benefits for Medicaid and other government run health plans and private health plans.

To help guide dialogue during the second half of the webinar and NAQC asks that participants consider how their quitline or service provider organization would respond or approach the following questions.

1.     What are your state tobacco control program’s goals for collaborating with the state Medicaid agency to increase access to cessation services?

2.     What successes have your state tobacco control program and quitline had working with the state Medicaid agency?Are there key lessons learned you can shared with other state tobacco control programs and quitlines?

3.     What support or resources would be helpful in your efforts to collaborate with your state Medicaid agency?

We look forward to you joining us for the 2016 Webinar Series and if you have questions or concerns please email me at


Maria Rudie, MPH
Research Manager
North American Quitline Consortium                   
Phoenix, AZ
Ph: 800.398.5489 ext. 704
Fax: 800.398.5489

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