Smoking: Medicaid Benefits

Medicaid covers treatment to help you quit smoking:

  • Quit counseling.
  • All seven smoking cessation medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • Five nicotine medications: the patch, gum, lozenge, spray and inhaler
    • Two non-nicotine pills: bupropion SR (Zyban® or Wellbutrin®) and varenicline (Chantix®)
  • Using two nicotine medications at the same time. This is safe for most people, and can be even more helpful in reducing cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.

It may take you more than one try to quit. Medicaid does not limit the number of prescriptions covered.

If you need to find health insurance that can cover your treatment, Health Department enrollment counselors can help you sign up for low- or no-cost health insurance, including Medicaid.

Talk with your health care provider to decide which treatment might be right for you.

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