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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Announces a Series of Changes totheir Coverage for Tobacco Cessation

Friday, June 24, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced a series of changes to their coverage for tobacco cessation services, and identified ways states can elect to expand coverage:
  1. Reminding states that state Medicaid programs now must fully cover, without cost-sharing, tobacco cessation services for pregnant women, both counseling and medications, as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
  2. Laying out multiple ways that states can provide pharmacotherapy and counseling to non-pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries.
  3. CMS will regard tobacco quitlines that follow evidence-based protocols as an allowable Medicaid administrative activity which can be claimed at the 50% match rate.
  4. CMS is encouraging states to actively promote the availability of these benefits.
The CMS letter announcing the changes is attached.
This is an historic moment, and one that will play an important role in enabling states to address quitline capacity as we prepare for the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number being placed on warning labels.
We will talk further about the Medicaid announcement at our scheduled call on July 1st at 1 p.m. EDT.
Tim McAfee
Director, Office on Smoking and Health

CMS letter

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