TennCare to help pay for some to quit smoking

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.)

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  • by Carole Location: 37921 on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    Paying for smoking cessation products for adults but taking much needed medical services away from disabled children and adults. Smoking is a choice, disabilty is not. What a bass ackwards program. I guess they pay for Viagra too. Yes much more of priority than helping those who can't care for themselves.
  • by gerald Location: East Knoxville on Jul 4, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    I quit after 40 years without anti-smoking aides. COLD TURKEY! No problem either, so why should we tax payers pay for crutches so that oothers can claim that the trieds but were unable to quit. If you want to quit, then you put them down and don't pick them up again. Starlight mints work great for those moments in the beginning when the urge to smoke is still strong, added with desire t quit and before you know it you are smoke free.
  • by Greg Location: Campbell Co. on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    This is can only enforce the thoughts of the people everywhere else in this country to be : what will those stupid Tennessee hillbillies do next to top this? Now you should understand why Tenn Care is in such a mess.


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