Impact of increasing coverage for select smoking cessation therapies with no out-of-pocket cost among the medicaid population in Alabama, Georgia, and Maine

Heba Athar, Zhuo Chen, Kara Contreary, Xin Xu, Shanta R. Dube, Man Huei Chang

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Abstract

Prevalence of smoking is particularly high among individuals with low socioeconomic status and who may be receiving Medicaid benefits. This study evaluates the public health and economic impact of providing coverage for nicotine replacement therapy with no out-of-pocket cost to the adult Medicaid population in Alabama, Georgia, and Maine, in 2012. We estimated the increase in the number of quitters and the savings in Medicaid medical expenditures associated with expanding Medicaid coverage of nicotine replacement therapy to the entire adult Medicaid population in the 3 states. With an expansion of Medicaid coverage of nicotine replacement therapy from only pregnant women to all adult Medicaid enrollees, the state of Alabama might expect 1873 to 2810 additional quitters ($526 203 and $789 305 in savings of annual Medicaid expenditures from both federal and state funds), Georgia 2911 to 4367 additional quits ($1 455 606 and $2 183 409 savings), and Maine 1511 to 2267 additional quits in ($431 709 and $647 564 savings). The expansion of coverage for smoking cessation therapy with no out-of-pocket cost could reduce Medicaid expenditures in all 3 states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Medicaid
  • economic impact
  • public health impact
  • reducing out-of-pocket costs for smoking cessation treatments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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