Yesterday, the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration acted on direction from Governor Eric J. Holcomb to improve access to and the affordability of tobacco cessation products for Hoosiers wanting to quit smoking or using tobacco.Monday morning at Eskenazi Health Center West, 38th Street, State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, issued a standing order effective Aug. 1 allowing Hoosiers to purchase tobacco cessation products at Indiana pharmacies without having to obtain an individual prescription. Indiana becomes only the 12th state with a policy or standing order allowing pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation products, eliminating financial and time barriers for individuals considering quitting smoking.Dr. Jennifer Walthall, M.D., MPH, Secretary of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, also announced Indiana Medicaid will follow Gov. Holcomb’s directive to reimburse health care providers offering tobacco cessation counseling for expectant mothers. She also announced that Indiana Medicaid will remove copayments for tobacco cessation products for pregnant women or members up to one year postpartum.
July 16th, 2019|Local News|