The American Lung Association is pleased to announce the release of its 6th Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014 report. The report provides an overview of tobacco cessation coverage in Medicaid, state employee health insurance and other private insurance. It also discusses recent changes in the healthcare system, specifically Affordable Care Act requirements and puts tobacco cessation coverage in the context of the changing landscape of healthcare. The report shows how far the United States has come in helping smokers quit and how much still needs to be done to help smokers quit. As in previous years, the report includes appendices with state-specific data.
Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage is a resource to focus media and policymakers’ attention on cessation coverage policy. The report can be downloaded here. Additionally, you will find our press release (also copied below) and other helpful materials at www.lung.org/helpingsmokersquit. In particular, check out our new 2-pager on tobacco cessation coverage requirements before and after the Affordable Care Act.
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July 22, 2014 202-715-3469
American Lung Association Report Says Affordable Care Act Offers Landmark Opportunities to Save Lives, Money by Helping Smokers Quit
Policymakers, insurance plans and employers must now act to provide tools and treatments smokers need to quit
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report. Released today, the annual report notes that many lives and billions of state and federal dollars–including over $800 million in Medicaid spending–could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction. Read the rest of this entry »