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Livestrong Foundation

Savvy Senior: How seniors can quit smoking with the help of Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, Can Medicare help me quit smoking? I just turned 65 and would like to quit but need some help. — Coughing Connie Dear Connie, Yes, Medicare actually covers up to eight face-to-face counseling sessions a year to help beneficiaries quit smoking. And, if you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, certain smoking-cessation medications are covered, too. Here are some other tips that can help you kick the habit. Never too late Of the 46 million Americans who smoke, about 5.5 million are Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of smokers, ages 65 and older, indicate they would like to completely...