New Guidance on E-Cigarette Cessation Coverage

On December 11, 2019, the Department of Financial Services published Circular Letter No. 12 (2019), which relates to coverage for e-cigarette cessation treatment coverage. According to the bulletin, and according to New York law, fully insured health plans in New York must provide coverage for smoking cessation treatment, including cessation treatment for those who use e-cigarettes. This includes nicotine use screening, behavioral interventions, and FDA-approved pharmacotherapy at no cost-sharing for adults, in addition to behavioral interventions (including educational and behavioral therapy for cessation for minors) at no cost-sharing.

Employers with fully insured plans in New York should be aware of the new coverage requirements, although there are no specific compliance obligations as a result of the bulletin.

Circular Letter No. 12 (2019) »