State to Help Smokers Quit

Jul 06, 2011 at 06:20 am by bryan

TennCare is helping put out cigarette use by its enrollees. The state's health care plan is now paying for anti-smoking products including nicotine patches, gum, and prescription pills.

TennCare has set aside $3.5 million, and the federal government matches that money making a total of $10.5 million to help Tennesseans stop smoking this year. State leaders hope the investment in smoking cessation translates into long-term health benefits for TennCare patients. In the past, TennCare only footed the bill for pregnant women and people under 21.

Here is a follow-up to a story that first reported to you last week. Murfeesboro Police are continuing to investigate the ramming of a pain clinic there last week. According to police, the truck had been stolen in Bedford County from a repair shop there. The truck was registered to a man in Lynchburg. Murfreesboro Police say they are following up on leads in the case.
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