Tobacco in Kansas and Missouri: Policy Options to Reduce the Burden

Tobacco in Kansas and Missouri: Policy Options to Reduce the Burden
January 7, 2011
Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

As the nation copes with the excess disease burden caused by smoking – both direct and secondhand, public officials seek policies to mitigate the health and financial impacts of tobacco. Aside from tobacco’s obvious impact on Medicare and Medicaid expenses, PricewaterhouseCoopers determines that $1 of every $4 spent by private health insurance payers in 2009 will actually represent cost-shifting from the uninsured and underpayments from government health insurance programs.





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