Medicaid Coverage

The Alaska Medicaid Program covers:

  • yesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • yesNicotine Nasal Spray
  • yesNicotine Lozenge
  • yesNicotine Inhaler
  • yesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • yesBupropion (Zyban)
  • noGroup Counseling
  • yesIndividual Counseling
  • noQuitline

Members are limited to a duration/annual limit of three months of treatment per year. Prior Authorization is required for Chantix. Copay of $0.50-$3 is required for prescriptions.

For more information, please call the Alaska Medicaid Program at 800-780-9972 or visit their website at http://hss.state.ak.us/dhcs/medicaid_medicare/default.htm

Note: the Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014. If a medication is marked here as not being covered, there is not yet evidence that Medicaid has complied with this requirement. Patients should call their Medicaid program and ask how to receive these medications.

Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

All plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment. Specific coverage varies by plan. Check with your insurance plan to find out what is covered.

State Employee Health Plan Coverage

AlaskaCare covers:

  • variesNicotine Gum
  • variesNicotine Patch
  • variesNicotine Nasal Spray
  • variesNicotine Lozenge
  • variesNicotine Inhaler
  • variesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • variesBupropion (Zyban)
  • variesGroup Counseling
  • variesIndividual Counseling
  • yesPhone Counseling
  • yesNo Tobacco Surcharge

Benefits are provided through ActiveHealth. Nicotine replacement therapy is limited to 8 weeks per quit attempt.

For more information, please call the Alaska Department of Administration's Retirement and Benefits division at 907-465-4460 or visit their website at http://doa.alaska.gov/drb/your_rnb/employee/health_ins.html.

Private Insurance Coverage

This state does not require private health insurance plans to cover cessation treatments. Cessation coverage in private health insurance plans varies by employer and/or plan. Smokers with this type of health insurance should contact their insurance plan for information on cessation benefits.

This state does not mandate cessation coverage for private insurance plans.

Quitline

Contact Information: 1-800-QUIT-NOW; 1-888-842-QUIT; http://www.alaskquitline.com/

Hours: 24 hours, Monday-Sunday

Eligibility to recieve counseling: All Alaskan adults (18+) are eligible to receive free counseling. For medication: all Alaskan adults (18+) who enroll in the multi-call counseling program are eligible to receive free medication—nicotine patch (4 weeks free), gum (2 weeks free) or lozenge (2 weeks free)—with one enrollment every 6 months.

Medications provided:

  • yesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • noNicotine Nasal Spray
  • yesNicotine Lozenge
  • noNicotine Inhaler
  • noVarenicline (Chantix)
  • noBupropion (Zyban)

(Source: North American Quitline Consortium, www.naquitline.org)

American Lung Association Resources

The American Lung Association provides smoking cessation services statewide. Options include Freedom From Smoking® Online, a program available 24/7 at http://www.ffsonline.org and the American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine (800-LUNG-USA). For further information, please call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit us online at http://www.lung.org.