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AARC Asks CMS to Support Quitlines

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June 16, 2010

Quitlines have been shown to help people quit smoking, but Medicaid beneficiaries in some states have a difficult time accessing these services because their states have been unable to acquire CMS approval for Medicaid coverage, which is required for states to receive federal Medicaid matching funds to pay for the programs.

The AARC has just joined 35 other organizations in signing on to a letter sent to CMS from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, asking the government agency to make it easier for states to acquire these matching funds.

“Ensuring Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation quitlines will improve access to these services, help more tobacco users to quit, help protect children and adults from secondhand smoke, and reduce the disease and premature death attributable to tobacco use,” says the letter.

The AARC is an official partner of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.