Medicaid Coverage

Healthy Connections covers:

  • yesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • variesNicotine Nasal Spray
  • variesNicotine Lozenge
  • variesNicotine Inhaler
  • variesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • yesBupropion (Zyban)
  • variesGroup Counseling
  • variesIndividual Counseling
  • variesQuitline

Coverage varies by health plan. All plans cover patches and gum limited to 90 days of treatment for each quit attempt. Members should contact their health plan to find out what else is covered.

For more information, please call the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services at 888-549-0820, or visit their website at

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

The Employee Insurance Program covers:

  • yesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • noNicotine Nasal Spray
  • yesNicotine Lozenge
  • noNicotine Inhaler
  • yesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • yesBupropion (Zyban)
  • noGroup Counseling
  • noIndividual Counseling
  • yesPhone Counseling
  • noNo Tobacco Surcharge

One quit attempt is covered per year. Co-payments are required for bupropion and varenicline. Members of the State Health Plan and BlueChoice HealthPlan must enroll in the Quit for Life program to receive medications ( Members of Cigna must enroll in the Quit Today program to receive medications ( State employees who are tobacco users must pay $40 in addition ahealth insurance premiums per month for individual coverage and $60 per month for family coverage.

For more information, please call the South Carolina Employee Insurance Program at 803-764-0678 or 888-260-9430, or visit their website at

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.


Contact Information: 1-800-QUIT-NOW;

Hours: 24 hours, Monday-Sunday

Eligibility to recieve counseling: Single call (1 session) offered to all enrollees. Readiness to quit desirable, not required. All enrollees must consent to services and call backs. Youth age 13-up. Uninsured, Medicare, Medicaid get multi-call (5 sessions). Pregnant/postpartume get C-10 program (10 sessions) thorugh post-delivery. For medication: registered participants who are uninsured, underinsured, or have Medicare receive free medication; pregnant/postpartum and under age 18 are not eligible for medication; Medicaid participants are referred to their provider for medication assistance.

Medications provided:

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

(Source: North American Quitline Consortium,

American Lung Association Resources

The American Lung Association of South Carolina provides smoking cessation services statewide. Options include Freedom From Smoking® Online, a program available 24/7 at and the American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine (800-LUNG-USA). For further information, please call 803-779-5864 or visit us online at