Thursday January 17, 2013
Event Information
Section: General

When: January 17, 2013
10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Hall County Senior Center
Phone: 770-538-2650
Address: Hall County Senior Center
430 Prior Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Cost: 0

Description: Medicare has expanded its preventive services to include one (1) initial evaluation and up to eight counseling sessions in a 12-month period to help you quit smoking. You can receive counseling at the doctor’s office (including physicians, psychologists, and clinical social workers), or a clinic or outpatient department of a hospital. Counseling must be approved by Medicare. 100 per cent of the Medicare-approved amount will be paid under Part B with no deductible. Medicare also covers smoking cessation counseling for those people with Medicare who have been diagnosed with a disease or condition caused by smoking. In this case, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the approved amount for smoking cessation counseling after the deductible is met ($140 in 2012). At hospital outpatient departments, you will pay a copay that is no greater than the Part A deductible ($1,156 in 2012). Over-the-counter treatments for smoking cessation, such as nicotine patches or gum, are not covered. This is because over-the-counter medications are excluded from Medicare Part D coverage by law. However, prescription drugs for smoking cessation are covered under the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D). There is no coverage for hypnosis. If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan (private health plan), contact your plan to see what rules and costs apply. Starting in 2012, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will cover all preventive services the same as Original Medicare. This means MA plans will not be allowed to charge cost-sharing fees (coinsurances, copays or deductibles) for preventive services that Original Medicare does not charge for as long as you see in-network providers. Taking advantage of Medicare’s preventive services is a great New Year’s Resolution. For additional information and a complete list of preventive services offered by Medicare, please contact Legacy Link GeorgiaCares.


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