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Massachusetts Medicaid Studies

The Massachusetts health care reform legislation, implemented in 2006, mandated that a comprehensive Medicaid cessation benefit be made available to all Medicaid members. The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, in collaboration with MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid agency, recently published two important papers on the impact of the benefit in less than three years:

The publications report the high utilization achieved (40%), the dramatic reduction in Medicaid smoking rates (from 38% to 28%) associated with benefit use, and a 49% reduction in risk of hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease. Preliminary ROI analyses suggest a return of $3.21 for each $1.00 spent, or a net ROI of $2.21.

An independent ROI paper, The Return on Investment of a Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Program in Massachusetts, has been published by health economists at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services, with financial support from Partnership for Prevention. Action to Quit has sponsored a webinar on the results.

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