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Tobacco User Surcharge for the UH Health Plan

Employees who use tobacco and enroll in the UH medical plan pay an additional $25 semi-monthly surcharge. Tobacco cessation programs are available as part of the UH Wellness Program. If you register for and complete an approved tobacco cessation program by March 31, 2018, your tobacco surcharge for the first quarter will be refunded to you back to January 1, 2018 and you will not be charged the tobacco surcharge for the remainder of 2018.

If you complete an approved tobacco cessation program by the end of the second quarter, you will receive a refund for your tobacco surcharge back to the beginning of the second quarter.  If you complete an approved tobacco cessation program by the end of the third quarter, you will receive a refund of your tobacco surcharge back to the beginning of the third quarter. No exceptions or extensions will be granted past the end of the third quarter.

 
More Help for Quitting
UH Medical Plans cover smoking cessation drugs at 100%. Medications, such as Buproprion and Chantix, are free if you are enrolled in a UH Medical Plan.

Employees who currently use tobacco products (e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, dipping, chewing tobacco, snuff, electronic cigarettes, etc),  in any manner (such as smoked, inhaled, or applied to the gums) are required to select the Tobacco User rate.

The approved programs are:

  • The Ohio Quit Line, 5 scheduled coaching sessions offering personalized support to help you through the quitting process
  • UHACO Tobacco KnockOut – an educational course and/or individualized counseling providing tobacco cessation strategies

Please note: partial completion does not qualify for the refund or discontinuance of future surcharges. Also, tobacco cessation programs completed prior to the January 1, 2018 do not qualify for the refund.  

Tobacco Cessation Quit Line

The Quit Line offers support to medical plan participants who are ready to stop smoking. It is easy to get started. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call.

Click here to learn more.

Tobacco KnockOut

University Hospitals understands that quitting tobacco can be difficult, but you can learn to become a nonsmoker again. UHACO Tobacco KnockOut is a seven session tobacco cessation program with individual counseling resources offered by University Hospitals Accountable Care Organization. The program is led by a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist who provides you with the tools and ongoing support to help you successfully quit tobacco.

Additional Resources

Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute

Assistance is also available through University Hospital Case Medical Center’s Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.  This program offers:

  • Individualized treatment which includes one-on-one counseling
  • Covered by the UH Medical Plan with no co-pay

Call UH Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute to learn more at 216-844-2568 or e-mail Tobacco.Referral@uhhospitals.org.

National Cancer Institute: Step-by-Step Quit Smoking Guide
American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking
American Lung Association: additional information about smoking
Pfizer: My Time to Quit: watch a video for smart advice on taking a fresh approach to quitting and download Plan-to-Quit Cards

 

 



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