Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Many Insurers Not Covering Tobacco Treatments Mandated by Affordable Care Act

According to a new study by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and commissioned by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, many health insurers are not providing coverage for tobacco cessation treatments mandated by the Affordable Care Act.  Researchers found that many of the policies contained “confusing or conflicting language” that made it difficult for consumers to determine whether cessation treatments are covered by their insurance. They recommend that federal and state regulators clarify for insurers the requirements under the ACA. "Tobacco use is a leading risk factor for cancer, heart and lung disease and other serious chronic conditions,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Covering effective tobacco cessation treatments is a smart way for insurers to avoid the cost of future illness, and it is the law." See the full story.

Colorado's tobacco control program continues to work with health plans to provide language that is clear and meaningful to consumers. 

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