Smoking cessation

GEHA | October 5, 2018

Learn how GEHA can help all medical members stop smoking.
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All GEHA medical plans members receive 100% coverage for smoking cessation benefits.

Many people try several times before they quit tobacco for good. But thousands of people successfully quit every year, and you can, too.

GEHA's medical plans offer 100% coverage to help you quit smoking. No copays, coinsurance, deductibles or dollar limits. These benefits apply to all GEHA members of an FEHB medical plan. Covered family members are also eligible if you have a Self and Family enrollment.

These benefits are paid at 100% of the plan allowable with no deductible for in-network or out-of-network providers. GEHA's smoking cessation benefits cover:

  • Up to four sessions of counseling for each attempt to quit, with two attempts to quit covered each year.
  • Both over-the-counter* (with a physician's prescription) and prescription drugs approved for smoking cessation.

Talk to your doctor today to make your plan to quit. If you need to find an in-network provider to prescribe cessation medication or to provide counseling, use our online Find Care tool.

For tips and advice on how to quit smoking, check out any of these helpful resources:

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW – This quit line for support in quitting offers free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials and referrals to local resources.
  • smokefree.gov – Smokefree.gov allows you to choose the help that best fits your needs.
  • cancer.org – Browse this page for help - for yourself or anyone you know who's trying to quit.
  • truthinitiative.org – 10 steps to successfully make a plan to quit smoking.
  • lung.org – The American Lung Association offers resources to help smokers figure out their reasons for quitting and then take the big step of quitting for good.

For more information, call GEHA Customer Care at 800.821.6136 or consult your GEHA Plan Brochure. For more information on the FEHB tobacco cessation benefit, visit OPM's Quit Smoking webpage.

*Nicotine gum is covered, but you must get a prescription from your doctor or receive the drugs as part of a plan-approved tobacco cessation program for it to be covered with no copays and coinsurance.