Smoking Cessation Products Covered for Plan First & Preconception Care Tobacco Cessation Satellite Conference


Attention:  Family Planning Providers (Physicians, FQHCs, IRHCs, PBRHCs)

Effective for dates of service October 1, 2012, and thereafter, selected smoking cessation products will be covered for Medicaid recipients on the Plan First program.  Products to be covered include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, bupropion tablets, and varenicline tablets. 


1.      Prior authorization through the Pharmacy Administrative Services contractor, Health Information Designs, will be required. Providers with questions regarding prior authorization for smoking cessation products may contact Health Information Designs at 1-800-748-0130.

2.      The recipient must be enrolled and receiving counseling services through the Alabama Department of Public Health Quitline (1-800-784-8669).

3.      Approval will be granted for up to three months at a time.

4.      Only one course of therapy will be approved per year.                             

5.      For additional details, refer to the Alabama Medicaid Provider Manual Appendix C: Family Planning.

The Alabama Public Health Training Network is providing a two-hour satellite conference and live webcast called Preconception Care:  Tobacco Cessation on September 11, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The speakers are Clemice Hurst, R.Ph., Clinical Pharmacist, Alabama Medicaid Agency, and Annie Vosel, BSN, RN, Bureau of Family Health Services, Alabama Department of Public Health.  Continuing education for nurses and social workers is pending.  To access and register for the live training click on  For those unable to view the program during the scheduled air time, it may be accessed at by clicking "On Demand."

For questions, contact Nancy Headley, Director, Managed Care, (334) 242-5684 or