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Smoking Cessation Counseling

What it is

This counseling can help you quit smoking.

Why it is important

If you stop smoking, you can significantly lower your risk for certain diseases, even if you have smoked for years.

Who is covered

This service is covered for anyone with Medicare even if they are not diagnosed with a smoking-related illness or showing symptoms of a tobacco-related disease.

How often it is covered

Medicare will cover up to 8 face to face visits during a 12-month period. Your doctor must order this counseling, and the counseling must be provided by a qualified doctor or other health-care professional. Ask your doctor for more information if you are interested in this counseling.

What you pay

You pay nothing for cost of this service if you have Original Medicare and you see a doctor who “accepts assignment.” Doctors who accept assignment agree to accept the amount that Medicare will pay for a visit or service (called the Medicare-approved amount) as payment in full.

If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, the plan cannot charge you for this service as long as you see an “in-network” provider, meaning a doctor who has an agreement to treat people who belong to the plan. If you use a provider outside your plan's network, it may cost you money.

Learn more about Smoking Cessation Counseling on Medicare.gov.

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