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With more than eight million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives and public dollars by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report.

The annual report noted that many lives and billions of state and federal dollars – including over $800 million in Medicaid spending – could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction.

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