Today, the Lung Association released “National Landscape: State Policies for Coverage of Preventive Services and Tobacco Cessation Treatments," which outlines what state laws exist that require insurance coverage of preventive services and then specifically tobacco cessation. The resource found that while most states require coverage of some preventive services, only 14 states and the District of Columbia require state regulated plans cover all USPSTF recommended preventive services. In addition, 30 states have no requirements that private insurance plans cover tobacco cessation treatments. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing $425 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity annually. For more resources, please see our webpage – www.lung.org/cessationta.
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