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State Briefs

Since December 2011, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, and more recently Oklahoma and Washington have participated in the NAQC Public-Private Partnership Initiative to advance tobacco cessation coverage and sustainability of state quitlines.  The initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides support to participating states through webinar presentations/trainings, monthly facilitated discussion groups, one-on-one technical assistance and resources available on the NAQC Public-Private Partnership web-page. 

To learn about state’s experiences in applying the information, please see the 2016  report  "A Promising Practices Report --Public-Private Partnership Initiative: Working to Advance Cessation Coverage among Private and Public Insurers" and the  2014 Progress Report


To learn more about each of the state’s specific goals and activities towards partnership development, please see each State’s Briefs (2011) and Progress Summaries (2014, 2016).

State Organization


Project Lead



Existing Cost-Sharing Partnerships

Current Partnership Focus


State Brief

Progress Summary (2014)  Progress Summary (2016)

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease

Mark P. Martz, PhD, MPA, Director, Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation



State as an employer




Florida Department of Health

Robert Ostbye, MPH,
Statewide Tobacco Policy Manager




Employers, county government, school districts, and city governments



 URL   Not available

Kentucky Department for Health

Position Vacant 

Employers, city/county municapalities

State as an employer, Medicaid MCO’s, major private health plans, employers




Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control


Sara Wolfe, MS, Quitline Manager



Medicaid FFP and quitilne billing Medicaid for medications

Employers, State as an employer, Medicaid, and private health plans.




Massachusetts; Department of Public Health, Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program


Patricia Henley, Director


Medicaid FFP; private plans; trade unions


State as an employer; private health plans; Medicaid behavioral health carve-out



 Not available   URL

New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Cessation    Program

Teresa Brown, BS, TTS








North Carolina Division of Public Health

Joyce Swetlick, MPH; Director of Tobacco Cessation


NC State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees; Medicaid FFP, County/City municipalities, employers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC






Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center Stephenson Cancer Research  Center  Paola Klein, MHR, CTTS, NCTTP 405-271-8001 Ext 50474 Medicaid, State as Employer 

Medicaid benefit through Helpline

Not available  Not available  Not available 

Rhode Island Department of Health, Tobacco Control Program

Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Cessation Coordinator








Utah Department of Health


Sandra Schulthies, MS, Cessation Services Coordinator


Intermountain Healthcare/Select Health (large employer)contracts directly with a quitline vendor and Public Employees Health Plan (State as an employer) contracts with state quitline


Private health plans and employers, and Medicaid



Washington State Department of Health Nick Fradkin, Tobacco Cessation Consultant  360-236-3547
Some state employee plans, Medicaid FFS and 4 Medicaid MCOs, employers, health plans contract directly with service provider Health plans, Medicaid, State as Employer  N/A  N/A  URL


If you are interested in advancing cost –sharing partnerships in your state, please contact Tracey Strader at   

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