One of the public health steps within health reform legislation that hasn't gotten much attention is covering smoking cessation in Medicaid. The Senate will cover it for pregnant women under Medicaid, which itself will be expanded. The House goes further, covering smoking cessation for all Medicaid beneficiaries.
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is pushing for the House approach. The group's president Matt Myers said in a statement this week:
The final health care reform legislation should require comprehensive coverage of smoking cessation treatment, including medication and counseling with no cost-sharing requirements, for all Medicaid recipients, as the House-passed legislation would