Medicaid Coverage

The New Jersey Medicaid program covers:

  • variesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • variesNicotine Nasal Spray
  • variesNicotine Lozenge
  • variesNicotine Inhaler
  • yesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • yesBupropion (Zyban)
  • noGroup Counseling
  • variesIndividual Counseling
  • noQuitline

Limitations to coverage, including those on duration and number of quit attempts that are covered, vary by plan. Co-payments or prior authorization may be required.

For more information, please call the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services at 800-356-1561, or visit their website at

Note: the Affordable Care Act requires all Medicaid programs cover all tobacco cessation medications beginning January 1, 2014. If a medication is marked here as not being covered, there is not yet evidence that Medicaid has complied with this requirement. Patients should call their Medicaid program and ask how to receive these medications.

Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

All plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace are required to cover tobacco cessation treatment. Specific coverage varies by plan. Check with your insurance plan to find out what is covered.

State Employee Health Plan Coverage

The State Health Benefits Program covers:

  • yesNicotine Gum
  • yesNicotine Patch
  • yesNicotine Nasal Spray
  • yesNicotine Lozenge
  • yesNicotine Inhaler
  • yesVarenicline (Chantix)
  • yesBupropion (Zyban)
  • variesGroup Counseling
  • variesIndividual Counseling
  • noPhone Counseling
  • yesNo Tobacco Surcharge

All state employee members have coverage of medications above. Counseling options and coverages vary by plan. Co-payments are required and medication coverage is limited to 180 days per year.

For more information, please call the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program at 609-292-7524, or visit their website at

Private Insurance Coverage

All private health insurance plans in New Jersey must cover an annual 'wellness' appointment with members' primary care physician to discuss smoking cessation (if applicable, among other things). If the physician determines that cessation treatment is medically appropriate, treatment is required to be covered up to a certain dollar amount: $125 for ages 20-39; $145 for men over age 40; $235 for women over age 40. This requirement applies to all plan members age 20 and over. For more information about how this requirement affects you, please contact your health plan.


Contact Information: 1-866-657-8677;

Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:00 AM Monday-Sunday

Eligibility to recieve counseling: Resident of NJ, 18 years, readiness to quit - set quit date within 30 days, must be registered for Medicaid or currently uninsured. For medication: age 18+; NJ resident; 10 cig/day or more; plan to quit within 30 days or recently quit smoker currently using NRT for up to 30 days or recently quit smokers up to 2 weeks and not using NRT; no contraindications; agree to quit date callback-while supples last.

Medications provided:

  • noNicotine Gum
  • noNicotine Patch
  • noNicotine Nasal Spray
  • noNicotine Lozenge
  • noNicotine Inhaler
  • noVarenicline (Chantix)
  • noBupropion (Zyban)

(Source: North American Quitline Consortium,

American Lung Association Resources

The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program is widely available in community locations throughout New Jersey. In addition, Not On Tobacco is offered in select high schools. Additional options include Freedom From Smoking® Online, a program available 24/7 at and the American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine (800-LUNG-USA). For more information about program locations and schedules, call 1-800-LUNGUSA, or visit