2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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Medicaid Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Activities

Item 301 #8s

Item 301 #8s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2015 $4,281 FY2016 $4,764 GF
FY2015 $4,281 FY2016 $4,764 NGF

Page 245, line 42, strike "$8,495,724,272" and insert "$8,495,732,834".
Page 245, line 42, strike "$8,761,183,102" and insert "$8,761,192,630".
Page 264, after line 26, insert:
"FFFF.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend the State Plan for Medical Assistance to provide coverage for cessation services for tobacco users, including pharmacology, group and individual counseling, and other treatment services including 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.  These services shall be subject to copayment requirements.  The department shall have authority to implement this reimbursement change effective July 1, 2014 and prior to the completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such changes."

(This amendment provides funding to require coverage of tobacco cessation services under Medicaid. Currently, Virginia Medicaid provides coverage for pharmacotherapy but counseling services are limited to pregnant women.)