Medicaid for Smokers and the Obese

Smoking and obesity are high risk factors for health problems and diseases. They are avoidable but with difficulty. Each contributes to increased health care costs. Arizona is charging $50 annually for Medicaid coverage for smokers and those who are obese. Whether or not this accomplishes anything remains to be seen. Certainly, if smokers can afford cigarettes, they can afford an annual $50 Medicaid fee. The cost of smoking borne by society has never been included in the price of cigarettes. Some states have addressed this with higher taxes (New York) but others have refused to address the problem (South Carolina). Obesity is more complex and not easily addressed with taxes but preventing use of food stamps for sodas and junk food is a good idea.

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