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Capitol Health Call
August 9, 2016

Senators Urge Clarifying That Insurers Must Cover Tobacco Cessation Aids

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JAMA. 2016;316(6):575. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10067

A group of 14 senators has called on the secretaries of the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury to make it clear to insurance carriers that, under the Affordable Care Act, they must cover approved treatments and counseling for individuals who want to quit using tobacco.

“Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that not all insurance carriers are covering these services due at least in part to a lack of clear guidelines,” the senators, 13 Democrats and 1 Independent, wrote in a recent letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew (

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