NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- TennCare officials have announced that medically necessary smoking cessation products are now covered for all enrollees.
Officials said Friday that the benefit previously was only available to pregnant women and enrollees under 21.
The change in pharmacy benefits will cover both prescription and over-the-counter products. It will be limited to 24 weeks of smoking cessation medication each year.
To be "medically necessary," a product must be recommended by a physician, needed to treat or diagnose a medical condition and meet other requirements.
TennCare is the state's Medicaid program that provides health insurance to approximately 1.2 million Tennesseans.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.