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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 8NN: Coverage for tobacco use cessation counseling and tobacco cessation products

[Text of section applicable to policies, contracts and subscription certificates delivered, issued or renewed in the commonwealth on or after January 1, 2020. See 2019, 133, Sec. 26.]

Section 8NN. (a) Any contract between a subscriber and the corporation under an individual or group hospital service plan that is delivered, issued or renewed within the commonwealth shall provide coverage for: (i) tobacco use cessation counseling; and (ii) all generic United States Food and Drug Administration-approved tobacco cessation products without cost sharing when prescribed by a health care provider.

(b) Carriers shall be permitted to employ reasonable managed care techniques consistent with state and federal law to determine the frequency, method, treatment or setting for the recommended item or service; provided, however, that covered persons shall have access to at least 1 tobacco cessation product without preauthorization.