quit smoking
Real Stories
Tito "My family means more to me than a pack of cigarettes. That’s why I quit."
Betty "Cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore."
Dr. Miller "Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing a patient can do to improve their quality of life."
Hillary "Quitting smoking is the best thing I did for myself."
Clare "My friends support made all the difference."
Heidi "Now that I have quit, I am healthier and I have lost weight. "
Joanne "I am healthier now that I have quit. "
George "My counselor Trish, from the Quitline is a big reason for my success"
Representative Brian Ashe "It was one of the best things I did for myself."

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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