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LCA Asks Department of Health and Human Services to Clarify Smoking Cessation Benefits

Tuesday, February 19, 2014 - Lung Cancer Alliance, along with 29 other health advocacy groups, sent a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting HHS provide additional clarification and guidance on tobacco cessation benefits. The Affordable Care Act ensures customers are provided tobacco cessation benefits, however details as to what these benefits include have not been released. As a result, there are varied tobacco cessation services covered by insurance providers, as indicated in HHS’ most recent Surgeon General’s report. Additional guidance or clarification will reduce these coverage variations and help those who wish to quit do so successfully.

Click here to read the full letter. 


The following organizations signed the letter:

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Respiratory Care

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Cardiology

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Physicians

American College of Preventive Medicine

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Dental Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Society of Clinical Oncology

American Thoracic Society

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund


Lung Cancer Alliance

National Association of City and County Health Officials

National Physicians Alliance

North American Quitline Consortium

Oncology Nursing Society

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco