Counseling to prevent tobacco use & tobacco-caused disease

If you use tobacco, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers up to 8 smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling sessions in a 12-month period.

Your costs in Original Medicare

If your doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment , you pay nothing for the counseling sessions.


To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • If your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service


Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.

What it is

Counseling to help you stop smoking or using tobacco.