Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
Smoking & tobacco use cessation (counseling to stop smoking or using tobacco products)
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers up to 8 face-to-face visits in a 12-month period. These visits must be provided by a qualified doctor or other Medicare-recognized practitioner.
All people with Part B who use tobacco are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for the counseling sessions if your doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment.
To find out how much your specific test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or other 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
- Whether your doctor accepts assignment
- The type of facility
- The location 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. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
- National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitline: Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). TTY: 1-800-332-8615.
- CDC information on smoking & tobacco use
- NCI's tobacco & cancer information resources
- National Institutes of Health
- American Lung Association - Join Freedom from Smoking
- Medicare & You: it's always time to quit tobacco (video)
- Medicare & You: Lung Cancer Awareness Month (video)