Affordable Care Act and Tobacco Cessation Coverage

The ACA requires all new private health insurance plans to cover preventive health services recommended with an A or B grade by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays. Tobacco cessation treatments received an A grade, with the task force finding that a combination of medication and counseling is most effect at helping tobacco users quit.

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the country to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and do the right thing to help their enrollees who smoke live longer, healthier lives, and reduce healthcare costs.