2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Krupicka
Co-Patron(s): Kory
Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Services

Item 307 #30h

Item 307 #30h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $6,295 GF
FY2013 $0 FY2014 $6,295 NGF

Page 263, line 15, strike "$8,033,837,513" and insert "$8,033,850,103".
Page 280, after line 14, insert:
"JJJJ.  The Department of Medicaid Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to provide Medicaid coverage for cessation services for tobacco users, including pharmacology, group and individual counseling, and other treatment services included in the most current version of or an official update to the Clinical Health Guideline "Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence" published by the Public Health service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Such services shall not be subject to copayment requirements for recipients."

(This amendment provides funding in the second year and language to require the Virginia Medicaid program to provide coverage for tobacco cessation services, including pharmacotherapy, group and individual counseling, and other treatment services. Currently, the Virginia Medicaid program covers pharmacotherapy for Medicaid recipients. However, counseling services are limited to pregnant women. The funding shall be provided from the Tobacco Settlement Funds.)