Get Help Quitting

HUD Public Housing is Going Smoke Free on July 30, 2018!

If you smoke and live in HUD public housing, now is a great time to quit! Your health care provider can help you quit for good with counseling and medication, and Medicaid covers it! Talk to your provider about which treatment may be right for you. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing is going smoke free to protect people from harmful secondhand cigarette smoke that drifts between apartments and into offices and common areas.

Smoking is an addiction, and quitting on your own is hard. Every year, seven out of 10 cigarette smokers try to quit, but fewer than one in 10 succeeds.1

Help from your health care provider is proven to help you quit for good.2 In fact, when your health care provider helps you with support and medication, you can double or even triple your chances of quitting.2

Quit Assistance for Medicaid Members

Medicaid pays for quit smoking treatment delivered by your health care provider.

Medicaid covers quit counseling and all seven smoking cessation medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • five nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) – patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler and nasal spray; and
  • two non-nicotine oral medications (pills) – bupropion SR (brand names Zyban or Wellbutrin) and varenicline (brand name Chantix).

And, Medicaid covers the use of two medications at once, which is safe for most people.2 Using two medications as prescribed by your provider is even more helpful in reducing cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.2

Medicaid even pays for over-the-counter nicotine patches, gum and lozenges with a fiscal order (like a prescription) from your provider.

And, because it may take you more than one try to quit, Medicaid covers repeated treatment by your provider.

Talk to your health care provider about which treatment might be right for you.

For information about what drugs Medicaid covers, visit the NYS Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) Pharmacy Benefit Information Center Drug Look-Up.

What if I Have Another Health Insurance?

Check with your plan to see what treatment it covers. Most plans, including Medicare parts C and D, cover tobacco screening and one or more FDA-approved cessation medications.

The New York State Quitline – Free Quit Coaching, Tips and Tools

Call the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit www.nysmokefree.com. The Quitline also provides free starter kits of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to eligible New Yorkers. Services are free and confidential.

References:

  1. Babb S, Malarcher A, Schauer G, Asman K, Jamal A. Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;65:1457–1464.
  2. Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. April 2009.