Colorado’s Departments of Public Health and Environment and Health Care Policy and Financing (Medicaid) partnered under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative to enhance Medicaid enrollees’ access to and use of covered tobacco cessation benefits. The state’s efforts resulted in notable achievements, including Medicaid policy changes to expand access to tobacco cessation medications and services, and communications efforts to increase provider and consumer use of benefits.

This profile outlines Colorado’s efforts to improve access to and use of Medicaid-covered tobacco cessation treatments under CDC’s 6|18 Initiative.