Quit Tobacco Series Fact Sheets #12: Access to Medications

 

The United States government has directed all insurers that provide coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace to cover evidence-based treatments to help patients to quit tobacco use. Visit www.HealthCare.gov.

  • There is no “magic pill” to quit smoking. But medications can help. 
  • Medication and coaching can improve your chances of quitting.
  • If you qualify for Medicaid, Medicare, BadgerCarePlus or SeniorCare, these programs cover some medications to help you quit.
  • If you don’t qualify for any of these, see below. There are programs that may help.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

  • WHAT: This program will help you learn whether you’re eligible for help to pay for prescription medications. 
  • MORE INFORMATION: Call 888-4PPA-NOW or log on to www.pparx.org.  In a few minutes, pparx.org will help you determine if you’re eligible for programs like Connection to Care, Bridges to Access, Together RX Access and more.

Connection to Care Program (Pfizer)

  • WHAT: This program offers discounts on Varenicline, Nicotrol Inhaler and Nasal Spray.  In some cases, medications are free.
  • TO QUALIFY: You must be an uninsured U.S. resident. www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com has an interactive site to help you determine your eligibility.
  • HOW TO GET STARTED: Talk to your doctor to complete an application together.
  • HOW TO GET YOUR MEDICATIONS: Pfizer will ship a three-month supply of medications to your doctor's office for pickup. You must apply for each refill. 
  • MORE INFORMATION: Call 866-776-3700.

Bridges to Access Program (GlaxoSmithKline)

Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line

  • Free coaching. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). 
  • Free 2-week supply of medications.
  • Callers are 4 times more likely to quit than trying on their own.
  • Available to any Wisconsin resident regardless of insurance coverage or income level.