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Tobacco Cessation Assistance

Medicaid pays for any FDA approved tobacco cessation medication for two 90-day sessions each year. 


In order to obtain this benefit you should: 


  1. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a tobacco cessation product. All FDA approved prescription medications and over the counter tobacco cessation products (such as Chantix, nicotine gum or nicotine patch, etc.) are available through Medicaid for a maximum of two 90-day sessions per year.

  2. Have your doctor submit the Medicaid Prior Authorization Form by fax to the Prior Authorization Help Desk at 888-772-9696 or call 800-365-4944 to receive approval. Also, have your doctor go to the Fax-to-Quit section of the Colorado Health Providers Web site and fax the Fax Referral Form to the Colorado QuitLine at 800-261-6259.

  3. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to speak to a QuitLine tobacco cessation counselor. You can also visit to obtain more information or resources.

Are you pregnant?  Click here for various prenatal resources, including tobacco cessation.


Until you are ready to quit, protect your children and always step outside your home and car to smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including 50 cancer-causing poisons. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It can even lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS).


Show your commitment to a smoke free home and car with this pledge


For more information about available resources please go to or the Colorado Health Providers Web site.