Health Insurance Benefits

Your health insurance can help you quit!

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, your health insurance plan can help. Through the Affordable Care Act many public and private plans are required to cover all seven FDA-approved quit-smoking medications. Call the customer service number on the back of your health insurance member card to find out what your benefits are.

Remember, using quit-smoking medicine or counseling support can more than double your chances to quit for good! Some health plans cover more than others. Coverage often changes.

Public health plans, which include MassHealth and Medicare, cover FDA-approved medicines and counseling to help you quit smoking.

Private health plans, which include plans from employers and the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) plans for state and municipal workers, have some quit-smoking benefits. The benefits you have depend on your insurance carrier, your employer’s choices, and your membership plan.

TRICARE, the health insurance plan for veterans, now covers FDA-approved quit-smoking medicines and counseling!

Call the customer information phone number listed on the back of your health plan card to find out what quit-smoking benefits you have. When you call, make sure to ask these important questions to find out what your full quit-smoking benefit is. Even if you’re not sure if you’ll use it, it’s good to know what your options are in case you change your mind.

Don’t have health insurance? Anyone who does not have insurance can sign up for the new affordable health plans being offered.  It does not matter what your income is or if you have a pre-existing condition.  Health insurance can help with the cost of medicine to quit smoking.

Click here or call the Health Connector to ask questions about signing up for insurance or to sign up: 1-877 MA ENROLL (1-877-623-6765);  TTY: 1-877-623-7773