“Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking”

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking,” by Robert Preidt, HealthDay

“Just a 1% decrease in the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke could save the insurance program billions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Over one year, that small decline in smoking and its associated health harms would lead to $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year and millions for each state, researchers found.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

The sad irony is that those smoking quitters will live longer, die slower, and cost more in long-term care over the long run.