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State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage United States, 2008–2014

March 28, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 12


MMWR Highlights

Trends in Medicaid Coverage of Smoking Cessation Treatments

  • During 2008–2014, 41 states made changes to the treatments they covered for at least some plans or populations.
  • During 2008-2014, 33 states added treatments to coverage while 21 states removed treatments from coverage.
  • During 2008-2014, 19 states added treatments to coverage without removed any treatments from coverage.
  • During 2008–2014, eight states removed treatments for coverage without adding any treatments for coverage.
  • During 2008–2014, 14 states both added and removed coverage of treatments

Trends in Barriers to Medicaid Coverage of Smoking Cessation Treatments

  • During 2008–2014, 38 states made changes to treatment barriers and access for at least some plans or populations.
  • During 2008–2014, nine states removed barriers without adding new barriers.
  • During 2008–2014, 12 states added barriers without removing existing ones.
  • During 2008–2014, 17 states both removed and added access to treatments for at least some plans or populations.
 
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