Health Insurance, Medications, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) pays for counseling to help you quit smoking. They also pay for any federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications or products that can help you quit, for those who qualify. To get started, talk to your doctor about your tobacco use and quit goals, or call the Member Contact center at 1-800-221-3942 (ext. 711). To learn if you are eligible for Medicaid, or to apply, visit Colorado PEAK.
Medications/NRTs can double the chances of successfully quitting smoking for good by helping reduce withdrawal feelings and nicotine cravings (2). Most health insurance plans are required to cover some level of tobacco cessation treatment, some will also cover over the counter medications. To find out if your insurance provides this coverage, call their benefit line listed on the back of your insurance card or visit their website.
FDA approved medications and NRTs include:
- Over the counter – patches, gum, lozenges
- By prescription – inhaler, nasal spray, Chantix (varenicline), and Wellbutrin/Zyban (bupropion)
Some employers offer workplace wellness programs to their employees, that include cessation programs. Check with your Human Resource Department to see if your employer offers such a program to employees.