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Check with companies, employers about stop-smoking services, benefits

Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is encouraging consumers to check with their health insurance companies or employers regarding coverage for smoking cessation services and the specific benefits included in their policies.  
In May 2014 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that health insurance companies and employer group health plans are required to cover tobacco use counseling and interventions, with no out-of-pocket costs and no prior authorization.  
The DOL said that it will consider an insurance plan to be in compliance with this requirement if it  covers both screening for tobacco use and, for those who use tobacco ...

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