Enhanced Tobacco Cessation Benefits
As part of our commitment to better health, HealthChoice is focusing on tobacco cessation because tobacco is responsible for so many health conditions, including cancer and lung and heart disease. We are encouraging all health plan members and covered dependents to quit tobacco now.
HealthChoice provides members with over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy products (patches, gum, and lozenges) and telephone coaching. Members can receive two 8-week (lozenges) or two 10-week (patches or gum) courses of an over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy product and up to five one-on-one telephone counseling sessions with a trained Quit Coach. The OTC products and coaching services are available at no charge to health plan members age 18 and older. To take advantage of the HealthChoice benefits, which are over and above the benefits offered to the general public, contact the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) and identify yourself as a HealthChoice member. The Helpline hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. Members living outside of Oklahoma call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454).
HealthChoice also covers two 90-day courses of the following prescription tobacco cessation products at 100% each plan year when purchased at a HealthChoice Network Pharmacy.
- Buproban 150mg SA Tabs
- Nicotrol 10mg Cartridge
- Bupropion HCL SR 150mg Tabs
- Nicotrol NS 20mg/m Nasal Spray
- Chantix 0.5mg and 1mg Tabs
Since studies have shown that a combination of medication and counseling is by far the most effective way to successfully quit tobacco, HealthChoice members are encouraged to take advantage of the coaching and support provided by the Quit Coaches.
For more information about HealthChoice benefits for tobacco cessation, see number 32 under Preventive Services for 2013.
HealthChoice hopes these enhanced benefits will encourage members to quit tobacco and improve their health.
Below are some links that may help you get started on quitting tobacco.