quit smoking
Real Stories
Kendyl "Use the patch. Chew the gum. Just don’t stop trying."
Betty "Cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore."
Katrina "With the patch, I didn’t have to quit smoking alone."
Margaret "I’m tougher than cigarettes. "
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Clare "My friends support made all the difference."
Mike "Smoking had a big effect on my son. I didn't want to disappoint him."
Dave "With help, I could quit on the first try. "

Health insurance

Many health insurance plans help cover the cost of medicines and counseling to help you stop smoking. Remember, using quit-smoking medicine and counseling support can make you three times as likely to quit for good!

MassHealth covers all FDA-approved medicines and counseling to help you quit smoking. Other public health insurance plans in Massachusetts, including Medicare, also cover counseling support and many FDA-approved medicines. Many private health plans, which include plans from employers and the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) plans for state and municipal workers, also offer quit-smoking benefits. And TRICARE, the health insurance plan for veterans, now covers FDA-approved quit-smoking medicines!

Some plans cover more than others, and health plan coverage often changes. Call the customer information phone number listed on the back of your health plan card to find out how your health plan can help you quit smoking.

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 this year.  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


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