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How to Stop Smoking

Nebraska Total Care cares about you and your family’s health. One of the best ways to improve your health and wellness is to stop smoking and/or tobacco use.

Are you ready to make the change?

You can get help to quit.

Some services are covered by Medicaid.

  • You can have up to two tobacco cessation sessions in 12 months.
  • Each session is 90 days of medication and four tobacco cessation counseling visits.
  • You can use the Quitline as much as you need to. There is no limit.
    • You can call the line directly or get a referral from your medical provider.

Some medications are covered to help with smoking cessation.

These include:

  • Nicotine Transdermal Patches
  • Nicotine Gum
  • Nicotine Lozenge
  • Nicotine Inhaler
  • Nicotine NS Spray
  • Bupropion (Zyban)
  • Varenicline (Chantix)

To be eligible for Medicaid to cover the medication you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • You and your provider must complete the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Fax Referral Form.
  • Enroll and actively participate in the Nebraska Tobacco Free Quitline.
  • Complete the intake and first counseling session with the Quitline Coach.
  • Visit your provider:
    • You must be checked to make sure side effects from the medications won't put you at risk.
    • You will need a prescription for hte medications.
    • You can talk to your provider about this during another office visit. Or, you can schedule a visit just to talk about smoking cessation.

Contact Nebraska Total Care for additional information. Our phone number is 1-844-385-2192 (TTY/TDD: 844-307-0342, Relay 711).

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