Tobacco Cessation Coverage Bill Takes Effect

June 29th marks the 90th day since the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned its 2017 session and the date that all legislation that was passed becomes effective, excluding appropriation measures and bills with “emergency” clauses. One significant piece of legislation to KY-ACC Members, Senate Bill 89, enacted in the last session subsequently takes effect. This law was introduced by Sen. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, passed by substantial bipartisan margins, and signed by Governor Bevin earlier this year. KY-ACC commends the legislature and the Governor’s office for enacting commonsense, patient focused, public policy such as this.

SB 89: Insurance Coverage for Tobacco Screening and Cessation
Senate Bill 89 addresses many of the shortcomings of insurance coverage for patients who want to quit smoking and have access to the counseling and medications that improve their chances of success. Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act tobacco cessation coverage varied greatly by insurance provider and often included burdensome prior authorizations and gaps in coverage. Enactment of SB89 includes all forms of tobacco cessation services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Click here to view the KY-ACC one pager on this new legislation.