Affordable Care Act Timeline
- March 23, 2010: President Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law
- September 23, 2010: New private plans required to cover preventive services, including tobacco cessation
- October 1, 2010: All Medicaid programs required to cover tobacco cessation for pregnant women
- January 1, 2011: Medicare enrollees eligible for a new prevention and wellness visit, which can include tobacco cessation treatment
- January 1, 2011: Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" begins to close, making tobacco cessation medications more affordable for seniors who want to quit
- January 1, 2011: Grant program implemented to explore ways to encourage Medicaid enrollees to participate in programs that prevent chronic disease, including smoking cessation interventions
- February 2, 2012: Prevention and Public Health Fund raided. Cut by $6.25 billion in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
- March 15, 2012: CDC launches the Tips from Former Smokers campaign, funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund
- January 1, 2013: Medicaid programs that cover preventive services, including tobacco cessation, receive an increase in Medicaid federal matching funds
- January 1, 2014: Medicaid eligibility expands to 138 percent of the federal poverty level in states that chose to implement Medicaid expansion. New Medicaid enrollees must have access to tobacco cessation treatments.
- January 1, 2014: Coverage for millions of Americans began through state health insurance marketplaces. These plans are required to cover preventive services, including tobacco cessation.
- January 1, 2014: Tobacco cessation medications can no longer be excluded from state Medicaid coverage
- May 2, 2014: The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury issue FAQ guidance about what constitutes preventive coverage for tobacco cessation interventions
Page Last Updated: July 25, 2017