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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