On July 15th , State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, issued a standing order effective August 1, 2019, allowing Hoosiers to purchase tobacco cessation products at Indiana pharmacies without having to obtain an individual prescription from their physician. Indiana becomes only the 12th state with a standing order allowing pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation products, eliminating financial and time barriers
for individuals considering quitting smoking.
Dr. Jennifer Walthall, MD 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.
Click here to watch the video of the press release.
Click here to read the full press release.
The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and Rethink Tobacco Indiana have collaborated to conduct a reassessment of DMHA-funded agencies’ (health centers) efforts to implement the State Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 7, passed in 2010. Biennial assessments will occur to determine efforts and need for support to provide and maintain a tobacco-free workplace environment. Click here to view highlights of the assessment.
This post was a release from Rethink Tobacco Indiana.