Section 108: MassHealth Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention Program

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office of health and human services shall create a 2-year pilot program for smoking and tobacco use cessation treatment and information to include within its MassHealth-covered services. Smoking and tobacco use cessation treatment and information benefits shall include nicotine replacement therapy, other evidence-based pharmacologic aids to quitting smoking, and accompanying counseling by a physician, certified tobacco use cessation counselor, or other qualified clinician. The executive office shall report annually on the number of enrollees who participate in smoking cessation services, number of enrollees who quit smoking, and Medicaid expenditures tied to tobacco use by Medicaid enrollees. The comptroller shall transfer $7 million from the Health Care Security Trust, established by section 1 of chapter 29D of the General Laws, to the General Fund in each fiscal year 2007 and fiscal year 2008 to fund this program.

Summary: 
Requires the creation of a MassHealth tobacco cessation and prevention program.