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Smoking Cessation Counseling

Smoking cessation counseling is a covered benefit to assist beneficiaries who want to quit smoking. All TRICARE beneficiaries who live within the United States, except those eligible for Medicare, are eligible for smoking cessation counseling.

Beneficiaries interested in additional resources, a text message program, SmokefreeMIL, is available and delivers quit support texts directly to a beneficiary's cell phone. Beneficiaries can sign up to receive encouraging messages and tips to help beat cravings, and even have the option to reply back with how they are feeling that day. Learn more on our Smoking Cessation page in the Wellness section of our website.

Note: Smoking cessation counseling sessions are not a mental health service; however, mental health providers may be involved in offering these services.

Authorization Requirements

  • Active duty service members (ADSMs): An approval from Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) is required. 
  • TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries (excluding ADSMs): An approval from HNFS is not required when seeing a network provider. Prime beneficiaries must have an approval from HNFS to a non-network provider unless they choose to use their Point of Service option. 
  • TRICARE Select Beneficiaries: An approval from HNFS is not required. 

Counseling sessions must be rendered by a TRICARE-authorized provider practicing within the scope of his or her license or certification. (CPT® codes for individual sessions are 96152, 96153 and 99406, and group session is 99407.)

Cost Information

See also smoking cessation products.

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