Update: Bill to require smoking cessation coverage with KY insurance plans


By Sam Neace - [email protected]



FRANKFORT — The Hazard Herald previously reported on Senate Bill 89, which is a bill aimed at assuring all Kentucky health plans, including Medicaid, provide smoking cessation benefits to citizens in the Commonwealth. SB 89 has successfully passed through the Senate with a vote of 35 in favor to 2 opposed. Now the bill awaits a vote from the House of Representatives.

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.

Synopsis taken from legiscan.com.

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

By Sam Neace

[email protected]

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