What are New York health plans doing to help smokers stop smoking?
Kolade, Victor Olaolu
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Objectives . This study has two objectives: (1) To describe the smoking treatment services covered by licensed health insurance plans in New York State; and (2) To evaluate characteristics of health care plans (e.g., size, profit status) that may account for variation in the level of treatment services covered. Methods . A telephone survey of health plans licensed in New York was conducted between February and August 2005. Outcome . In order to compare health care plans in terms of the level of cessation services provided a standardized rating score was developed. The Health Plan Tobacco Cessation Index was based on the 5C criteria described by Manley et al. in the Annual Review of Public Health . Results . Of 35 health plans surveyed, 34 (97%) offered at least one service for smoking cessation. 83% provide full coverage for at least 1 cessation medication. 66% had written guidelines for smoking cessation. 37% reimburse providers for performing any cessation services. 57% offered telephonic counseling; the smallest plans were most likely to do so, p = 0.004. 66% had cessation information on a web page, though this was more common among not for profit plans and least common in the smallest plans. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)