People With Medicare
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 is it 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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