Bill passes to require insurance benefits for smoking cessation


By Sam Neace - [email protected]



Courtesy photo | The Capitol Building in Frankfort.


FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Senate has passed a bill that will assure all Kentucky health plans, including Medicaid, provide smoking cessation benefits to citizens in the Commonwealth. A synopsis of Senate Bill 89 states that the bill will Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 to require insurance coverage for United States Food and Drug Administration-approved tobacco cessation medicines and services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force; specify restrictions and limits of coverage; create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require Medicaid coverage for United States Food and Drug Administration-approved tobacco cessation medication and services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force; specify restrictions and limits of coverage.

On Feb. 15, SB89 passed through committee. The bill still must pass through the remainder of the legislative session and be signed by Gov. Bevin before it can become law.

Kentucky continuously ranks among the worst states in the country for tobacco usage per capita. In fact, Kentucky currently claims the highest rate of smokers, with 28.3 percent of adults smoking daily.

Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Courtesy photo | The Capitol Building in Frankfort.
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By Sam Neace

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