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This section of the web site of the National Center for Tobacco-Free Older Persons of The Center for Social Gerontology (click on our Home Page below for more information about TCSG) contains regularly updated information on what is happening in states regarding the almost $250 billion the tobacco industry must pay to the states over the next 25 years as a result of the settlements they have signed to resolve Medicaid lawsuits filed by the states. The payment schedule is also on our web site. The information included focuses mostly on how the tobacco settlement funds are being directed toward programs for two major purposes: aging programs and tobacco control programs. Immediately below, we present highlights, some with links to news articles, which include a limited number of major stories/events; this is followed by state-by-state updates. We encourage users to email or fax (734 665-2071) information to us to be added to this site, either to update or correct information we have posted.
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STATES WITH NEWS POSTED BELOW: 4/2: Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia; 2/24: Louisiana, Virginia; 2/12: New Hampshire, West Virginia; 1/19: Colorado, Ohio; 12/30: Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota; 11/18: Pennsylvania; 10/13: New York (Chautauqua County); 9/5: New Hampshire; 9/4: California (Fairfield County), North Carolina, Ohio; 7/18: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia;
See Highlights for reports on state's uses of settlement funds; See Highlights for Federal Lawsuit; visit TCSG's new Smoke-Free Environments Law Project web site here ; and see CDC reports on tobacco & minorities at TCSG's site under Articles/Materials;also, see to join the National Coalition for Tobacco-Free Older Persons; See Highlights for NCTFOP Press Release on Use of Settlement Funds for Aging & Tobacco Control; See Highlights for announcement of TCSG's new National Center for Tobacco-Free Older Persons; See Highlights RE smoking costs to Medicare.
STATES IN WHICH SETTLEMENT FUNDS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN 2001 FOR AGING or TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAMS: (SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFICS OF WHAT EACH STATE HAS DONE):
AGING: Alabama - $60.3 million for the Seniors' Safety Net Trust Fund; Arkansas - $5 million of settlement funds, matched with $13 million of federal Medicaid funds, for a total of $18 million for a new prescription drug program for elders; California: City of San Jose - $4.5 million for Senior Services; also Sacramento County - $65,000 for legal services for elders; Delaware - $6,635,400 of which $5,150,400 is for the prescription drug program, and $1,485,000 for SSI and Medicaid for elders and the disabled; Florida - $30.3 for a prescription drug program, $26.7 million for home and community based long term care and $4 million for Medicaid long-term care; Georgia - an indeterminate, but substantial millions of dollars for in-home and related services; Michigan - $45 million for a senior prescription drug program; Missouri - for FY'02, an estimated $50 to $100 million of settlement funds for a prescription drug program for elders, and possibly some portion of $7.2 million to expand Medicaid services for elders and the disabled, plus for FY'01, $127 million for the prescription drug assistance program for elders;New Jersey - $50 million for the Senior Gold Pharmaceutical Assistance Program, $20 million for ElderCare Intiatives, and $12 million for nursing homes spousal income; Pennsylvania - $73 million, with $45 million for in-home services & $28 million for prescription drugs (in this and future years, 13% of total settlement funds are to go for in-home services and 8% for prescription drugs for elders).
TOBACCO CONTROL:Arkansas - $18 million annually; California: City of San Jose - $2.8 million; Delaware - $5,450,000 for FY2002; Florida - $39.1 million for FY2002; Georgia - over $5 million; Idaho - $50 million for FY2002; Illinois - $50 million; Indiana - $35 million, plus $30 million from last year, with the total $65 million to be spent over the next 2 fiscal years; Kentucky - $5 million for FY2002 and $5.5 million for FY2003; Missouri - $22.1 million; New Jersey - $32 million for FY2002; New Mexico - $5 million; Pennsylvania - $42 million (in this and future years, 12% of total settlement funds are to go for this purpose); Rhode Island - $4 million for FY2002; South Dakota - maybe $800,000 from interest on first year settlement funds (this is simply a part of the $4.2 million in general revenue funds appropriated for FY2001/02).
STATES IN WHICH SETTLEMENT FUNDS HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN 2000 FOR AGING or TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAMS: (SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFICS OF WHAT EACH STATE HAS DONE):
AGING: California: City of San Jose - $2.5 million for Senior Services; Colorado - 1% of settlement funds, or about $1 million annually, for health needs of aging veterans; Delaware - $7.5 million for prescription drugs for elders and $1.5 million for in-home services for elders under the Medicaid waiver program, which should be matched by about $2 million of federal funds, for FY'01; Georgia - $8 million in settlement funds, plus about $5.9 million in federal matching funds, plus over $3 million in new state funds due to advocacy for the settlement funds for FY'01; Illinois - $35 million in FY'01 for prescription drug assistance for elders, plus $1.8 million for senior health services; Indiana - $20 million in FY'01 for prescription drugs for elders; Iowa - about half of $1.5 million in FY'01 going to counties for home care for elders; Maine - $10 million for FY'01 for prescription drugs for elders; Michigan - over $61 million for FY'01, plus about half of the $6 million going to Community Foundations for programs for children and elders; Nebraska - at least $130,000 for a senior nursing clinic; Nevada - $450,000 for FY'01 and 02, plus 30% of the overall settlement funds to go for prescription drugs and in-home care for elders; New Jersey - $61 million in FY'01 for prescription drugs and in-home care for elders; New York - for the EPIC prescription drug program for elders -- $107 million in calendar year 2000, plus a $55.4 million expansion in EPIC starting Oct. 1, 2000, plus $164 million in 2001, plus $189 million in 2002, and $324 million in 2003; Ohio - $12 million over next 12 years for prescription drugs for elders, with about $1 million for FY'01; Oklahoma - $36.2 million in FY'01 largely for health care services, including nursing home care, for elders; South Carolina - $20 million for prescription drug assistance for elders, and possibly millions more for senior services for FY'01.
TOBACCO CONTROL: Alaska - $1.4 million for FY'01; California: San Francisco - $1 million; California: City of San Jose - $2.5 million; Colorado - 15% annually, or about $15 million in FY'01, of the total settlement funds; Delaware - $3 million for FY'01; Georgia - $15.8 million for FY'01; Illinois - $29.5 million in FY'01; Indiana - $35 million for FY'01; Kansas - $500,00 for next fiscal year; Iowa - $9.3 million for FY'01; Kentucky - about $5.5 million for next two years; Maine - $18.3 million, plus $3.5 million in matching federal Medicaid funds, for a total of $21.8 million; Maryland - $30 million annually for the next ten years; Massachusetts - $12.1 million for FY'01; Nebraska - $7 million annually for next 3 years; Nevada - $600,000 for FY'01; New Hampshire - $3 million for FY'01; New Jersey - $30 million for FY'01; New Mexico - $2.225 million for FY'01; New York state - $30 million for FY'00, and $40 million in each of following three years; New York: Dutchess County - $500,000 for FY'01; New York: Livingston County - $45,000 for FY'01; New York: Monroe County - $500,000 for FY'01; New York: Suffolk County - $1.5 million for FY'01; Ohio - about $1.25 billion over next 12 years, including about $30 million for FY'01; Oklahoma - $2 million to be matched with about $4.5 million in federal and other funds; South Carolina - $1.75 million; South Dakota - $800,000 for FY'01; Texas - about $9 million for FY'01; Utah - $4 million in FY'01 and possibly another $2 million when lawsuits over legal fees are resolved; Vermont - $6.65 million for FY'01; Virginia - $11.8 million from last year's alloction of 10% of the overall settlement funds; Washington - $15.5 million for FY'01; West Virginia - $2 million.
STATES IN WHICH SETTLEMENT FUNDS WERE ALLOCATED IN 1999 FOR AGING or TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAMS: (SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFICS OF WHAT EACH STATE HAS DONE):
AGING: Alabama - $2 million in FY'2000 for trust fund for elderly services; Delaware - an estimated $2.7 million in FY'2000 and $5.1 million in FY'2001 for a prescription drug program for low-income elders; Florida - $1.7 billion Fund for elders & kids with $17.3 million for elders in FY'2000; Maine - $5 million for use in FY'2001; Massachusetts - $42 million for FY'2000; Michigan - $53 million in FY'2000, plus about half the $6 million going to Community Foundations for programs for children and elders; Nebraska - $0.5 million; Nevada - 30% of settlement payments annually equals $360 million over 25 years; New Jersey - $19.2 million in FY'2000; Rhode Island - $3.4 million in FY'2000; Vermont - $325,000 in FY'2000.
TOBACCO CONTROL: Alaska - $1.4 million for FY'2000; Florida - $45 million in FY'2000; Hawaii - 25% of settlement total, or about $3.6 million in FY'2000 and about $10-12 million in future years; Maine - $3.5 million in FY'2001; Maryland - $21 million annually; Massachusetts - 1/4 of 30% of funds annually or about $22.8 million in FY'2000; Minnesota - $489 million into endowments for tobacco prevention programs, with $17.7 million for FY'2000; Mississippi - a pilot program for 1999 & 2000 was funded with $62 million ; Montana - $7 million for biennium of FY'2000-01; Nevada - 10% of settlement funds annually or $120 million over 25 years; New Hampshire - $3 million per year; New Jersey - $18.6 million in FY'2000; New York state - $37 million in FY'2000; New York City - $13 million for FY'2000; North Dakota - some portion of 10% of the funds set aside for health programs; Rhode Island - $1 million for FY'2000; Texas - $200 million into an endowment, with interest of about $10 million annually for tobacco prevention; Vermont - reserved $19.2 million for FY'2000; Virginia - 10% of settlement funds for tobacco control and other health programs, with $11.8 million to go for tobacco prevention in the coming year; Washington - $100 million for tobacco control, but not clear how much for FY'2000 or future years out of the $100 million; Wisconsin - $23.5 million for the biennium, with $2.3 million for FY'2000 and $21.2 million for FY'01; Wyoming - all settlement funds in a trust, with some to be allocated in 2000 for tobacco prevention.
HIGHLIGHTSFor 2000 highlights, click here. For 1999 highlights, click here.