Tobacco Users: Get a Head Start on Earning Your Premium Credit for 2021!

If you’re a tobacco user and want to earn your State Health Plan monthly premium credit for 2021, you don’t have to wait until Open Enrollment. You can take action now!

The State Health Plan is expanding options for tobacco users who want to earn their 2021 premium credit. Starting July 1, 2020, tobacco users can complete a tobacco cessation counseling session at a CVS MinuteClinic or a Primary Care Provider’s (PCP) office for FREE to earn a lower premium for 2021!

You must complete this tobacco cessation counseling session by November 30, 2020, to earn your credit. Please note, if you combine your tobacco cessation visit with another service, there may be a copay.

This means:

  • No need to wait for Open Enrollment to secure your monthly premium credit for 2021.
  • If a CVS MinuteClinic is not convenient, you can see any provider that provides tobacco cessation counseling. You should call first to make sure your provider provides this service.
  • Waivers will no longer be given to members who live more than 25 miles away from a CVS MinuteClinic since members can now see a PCP for this service.

This action is ONLY for tobacco users who want to reduce their monthly premium by $60 per month in 2021. If you are NOT a tobacco user, you will simply need to attest to that online during Open Enrollment, which will take place October 15-31, 2020.

Attention non-Medicare subscribers in the State Retirement Systems: If you are a tobacco user and will be enrolling in the 80/20 Plan, you will need to complete this activity to reduce your premium in 2021. If you plan to enroll in the 70/30 Plan for 2021, this activity is not required.

Before your visit, print off instructions for your provider to ensure your FREE visit is billed correctly.

Click here for Provider Instructions

If you need additional resources to quit tobacco, don’t forget that the State Health Plan offers a variety of tobacco cessation resources. Get started  today on your journey to quitting tobacco!