Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ready to quit smoking? Medicare can help.


Medicare will help you stop smoking or using tobacco products. 

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers up to 8 face-to-face visits in a 12-month period for smoking & tobacco use cessation counseling. These visits must be provided by a qualified doctor or other Medicare-recognized practitioner.

Who's eligible?

All people with Medicare who use tobacco are covered.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount for the doctor's services, and the Part B deductible applies if you use tobacco and you've been diagnosed with an illness caused or complicated by tobacco use, or you take a medicine that’s affected by tobacco. In a hospital outpatient setting, you also pay the hospital a copayment.

If you haven't been diagnosed with an illness caused or complicated by tobacco use, you pay nothing for the counseling sessions if the doctor or other health care provider accepts  assignments. For more information, visit www.Medicare.gov for details.


Former Smokers . . .
 
If you are a former smoker, take a look at your old life insurance policies to see if they still list you as a smoker. You may save some money by letting them know you no longer smoke.

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