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Federal Employee Benefits

Beginning in plan year 2011, all FEHB plans must cover:

  • Four tobacco cessation counseling sessions of at least 30 minutes for at least two quit attempts per year. This includes proactive telephone counseling, group counseling, and individual counseling.
  • All seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved tobacco cessation medications with a doctor's prescription.

These benefits must be provided with no copayments or coinsurance and not subject to deductibles, annual or lifetime dollar limits.

While FEHB plans currently cover smoking cessation treatment programs, these programs often include copayments, coinsurance and annual or lifetime coverage limits. The benefit covers all forms of tobacco use, including cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco.  

The US OPM website has Guidance on Establishing Programs Designed to Help Employees Stop Using Tobacco, Sections 1-III.

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