This is governor steve beshear . about kentucky. Many smokers in Kentucky want to quit, but need help and thats exactly what a new program is doing. Kentucky smokers and tobacco users on Medicaid can now participate in a program that provides the tools they need to kick the habit. An initial assessment of the patient measures usage, willingness to quit, coping skills,.
And the obstacles to quitting. They are then directed to a smoking cessation program such as the Kentucky Tobacco Quit Line. If needed, patients are prescribed nicotine replacement therapy products or tobacco cessation medications. Thanks to this new program, Medicaid will now cover these products. Kentuckys smokingrelated health care costs exceed a billion dollars each year and almost.
8,000 kentuckians die prematurely each year of tobacco use. We believe this new program will more than pay off in reductions of chronic disease and health care costs and, most importantly, will save lives. So if youre a Medicaid member and a smoker, I urge you to contact your health care provider. Find out how to get started on a path to better health. This is Governor Steve Beshear . About Kentucky.