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May 25 Webinar: Medicaid and Cessation: Successful Models of Collaboration!

Thursday, May 12, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

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, we will hear from  three states on their recent efforts with Medicaid. Minnesota will present an overview and lessons learned from their efforts to remove co-pays for all medications provided by Medicaid. Nevada will provide an overview and lessons learned from their efforts to influence cessation benefit language for Medicaid MCO RFPs. Oregon will present information on their collaboration with the state Medicaid agency in to enhance the cessation benefit and ensure access to quitline services for Medicaid enrollees.
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