Quit Because of COVID-19 Act – Federal Legislation to Expand Medicaid and CHIP Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments

Rep. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) have just reintroduced the Quit Because of COVID-19 Act  to provide Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage of certain tobacco cessation services during COVID-19 and for 2 years after the emergency period ends. Enrollees in Medicaid have disproportionately high rates of smoking – twice the rate of those with private health insurance -- which places them at a higher risk of experiencing severe complications from COVID-19.

Read Rep. Blunt-Rochester’s press release HERE  and read a statement of support from Tobacco-Free Kids HERE