Cigarette smoking is one of the greatest drivers of adverse health outcomes and costs for state Medicaid programs. By investing in comprehensive tobacco cessation programs, states have reduced smoking rates and health care costs and have improved health outcomes. Tobacco treatment is one of the most cost-effective preventive services with as much as a $2-$3 return on every dollar invested. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages our state partners to pursue these outcomes by:
- Using Medicaid administrative funding to enhance quitlines
- Implementing mandatory coverage of tobacco cessation counseling for pregnant women and providing cessation services for all other Medicaid beneficiaries
- Ensuring coverage of all FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications
For more information, please contact MedicaidCHIPPrevention@cms.hhs.gov.