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New Report Released: “The Business Case for Coverage of Tobacco Cessation 2012 Update”!

Thursday, April 12, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
A new report by Leif Associates presents an actuarial assessment of the benefits derived from smoking cessation programs as compared to their cost. Overall, the research indicates that an investment in programs designed to reduce adult smoking will lead to improved health outcomes, resulting in lower health care costs and more affordable health insurance premiums. Given that tobacco cessation is universally included as a covered benefit under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and that each private insurer has the choice of which cessation methods to cover, this report attempts to provide a comprehensive study on the costs and benefits of various programs. The results show that over a three-year period, expenditures for smoking cessation programs in the range of $144 to $804 per smoker attempting to quit should be fully offset by health care cost savings in a typical commercial population. In addition, greater cost savings are likely occur within special populations, such as pregnant women and persons with cardiac conditions, and for persons who remain in the health plan longer than the average of three years assumed in the study. This report is a great tool for tobacco control advocates and adds to the growing evidence that tobacco cessation coverage is not only effective, cost-effective as well.
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