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Indiana Medicaid ranks high in offering smoking cessation programs to enrollees
e-Reports, May 5, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named Indiana one of seven states that provides complete tobacco cessation treatment coverage for Medicaid enrollees.

In the latest CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Indiana Medicaid is cited as covering all seven FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications, as well as individual and group cessation counseling for its participants.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Medicaid enrollees smoke at a higher rate than the general population, and smoking-related disease is a significant contributor to Medicaid costs.

“Since nearly half of all pregnancies in Indiana are covered by Medicaid, we believe it is particularly important to continue providing smoking cessation services for pregnant mothers, as studies show that healthier babies are born to non-smoking mothers,” said Indiana Medicaid Director Joe Moser. “These sorts of healthy outcomes are another reason we cover tobacco cessation as part of Medicaid and in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), services that could benefit more Hoosiers in a potential HIP expansion.”

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