New smoking cessation benefits
All Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans will be providing comprehensive coverage in smoking cessation benefits beginning plan year 2011. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announcement regarding the change, new smoking cessation benefits will include:
Anyone covered under an FEHB program health plan, which includes covered family members for those with a self and family enrollment, can take advantage of the benefits.
Only those enrolled in an FEHB program health insurance plan may take advantage of these benefits. If you are already enrolled in FEHB you don't need to take any action to begin taking advantage of the new tobacco cessation benefit for 2011.
For more information on the new smoking cessation benefits, please visit the OPM Website at www.opm.gov/insure/health/nosmoking/index.asp.
Hill's Health and Wellness Center also hosts a tobacco cessation class series that uses the American Cancer Society's "Freshstart" program. This is a four part series that meets weekly for one month.
All active duty, reserves, dependents, retirees, Department of Defense federal employees and contractors are eligible to attend. Federal employees should note that LX leave can be used upon supervisor's approval to attend HAWC classes.
To sign up for the tobacco cessation class series, please call the Health and Wellness Center at (801) 777-1215.