GREAT NEWS!! WOAH now covers nicotine patches, lozenges and gum without a prior authorization!!!
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Oregon and disproportionately affects Medicaid clients. In Oregon, 77% of current adult smokers want to quit, but success can depend on receiving evidence-based support, including counseling and medication. Comprehensive cessation benefits offered by health plans play an important role in providing the support needed to successfully quit. Oregon’s health system transformation provides a significant opportunity for reducing tobacco use among the Medicaid population, especially the increased focused on preventive care by coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to improve health outcomes for their member population and reduce health care costs.
Prevalence of tobacco use poses a significant challenge to the health of Coos County residents. 26% of Coos County adults smoke, including 23.4% of pregnant mothers. In the 2012 Student Wellness Survey, 11.4% of eleventh graders reported smoking within the last thirty days, and 14.1% reported using other tobacco products within the same period. Overall rates for the state of Oregon show lower numbers in all but one of these areas: 16.1% of adults, 12.2% of pregnant mothers, and 11.9% of 11th graders smoke, and 9.7% of 11th graders use other tobacco products. Of preventable causes of death in Coos County, 27% were caused by tobacco use. Cancer related to smoking and tobacco use is the leading cause of death in Coos County, particularly lung and bronchus cancer. Of all the counties in Oregon, Coos has the third highest rate of esophagus cancer, second highest rate of lung cancer, and the highest rate of oral and pharyngeal cancer. In 2011, 1,250 years of life were lost due to cancer in Coos County. Due to these factors, the economic cost of tobacco in the county is immense. In 2013, the county spent an estimated $39.1 million on tobacco-related medical care. The county also lost $34.2 million from indirect costs due to tobacco-related deaths.
How do I sign up for the Smoking Cessation Program? Talk to your primary care provider about quitting tobacco and if medication is right for you. You can attend free Tobacco Cessation classes. WOAH covers nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges for up to two quit attempts per year with a prescription from your provider. You must attend a Tobacco Cessation class to receive other medications, including nicotine inhaler, spray, and Chantix.
Click on the below links to find out more about our Tobacco Cessation Program – Quit Tobacco Use Workshops:
FREE & CLEAR OREGON TOBACCO QUIT LINE 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)