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Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct;43(4):e27-9.

Medicaid coverage of tobacco-dependence treatment for pregnant women: impact of the Affordable Care Act.

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Center for Health and Public Policy Studies, School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. saram@berkeley.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Twenty percent of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid use tobacco products. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires Medicaid to cover tobacco-dependence treatments for pregnant women beginning in 2010.

PURPOSE:

To summarize the impact of the ACA provisions on Medicaid coverage of tobacco-dependence treatments for pregnant women.

METHODS:

Medicaid programs were surveyed regarding their coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments after the ACA provisions went into effect.

RESULTS:

From 2009 to 2010, coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments increased from 43 to 51 programs covering pharmacotherapy treatments and from 30 to 38 programs covering tobacco-cessation counseling. States added additional coverage for counseling in 2011 and 2012.

CONCLUSIONS:

To maximize these benefits, Medicaid programs need to conduct outreach to inform Medicaid-enrolled pregnant smokers of this coverage.

PMID:
22992368
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2012.06.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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