175. Systems Strategy 5. Include tobacco dependence treatments (both counseling and medication) identified as effective in this Guideline, as paid or covered services for all subscribers or members of health insurance packages
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
|Action||Strategies for implementation|
|Provide all insurance subscribers, including those covered by managed care organizations (MCOs), workplace health plans, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government insurance programs, with comprehensive coverage for effective tobacco dependence treatments, including medication and counseling.||Cover effective tobacco dependence treatments (counseling and medication) as part of the basic benefits package for all health insurance packages.
Remove barriers to tobacco treatment benefits (e.g., co-pays, utilization restrictions).
Educate all subscribers and clinicians about the availability of covered tobacco dependence treatments (both counseling and medication) and encourage patients to use these services.
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