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Do insurance companies cover the cost of counseling for smoking cessation?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Yes and no.  You have to check with your insurance company.  Some do, some do not.  One of the most amazing revelations to me, when I started in this area, was that most insurance companies do not.  Medicare has started to in the last couple of years, and many Medicaid programs do, and now more than 15% of insurance companies, but that is still a minority.  You would think, with a return on investment of over 6 to 1, all insurance companies would, but they think you are going to leave the company, or the person you are working for, sooner than they will get their return on investment, which would take about 2 years.

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