SoonerCare Tobacco Cessation Benefit



Research indicates that no other clinical intervention can reduce illness, prevent death, or increase quality of life more effectively than tobacco cessation. That is why SoonerCare offers coverage for tobacco cessation counseling and tobacco cessation products. SoonerCare will reimburse providers who use the “5As” approach to tobacco cessation developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Daryn Kirkpatrick and Shelly Patterson spoke about SoonerQuit benefits, SoonerQuit for Women and the OK Tobacco Helpline  during an interview for Citadel’s Sunday Morning Magazine radio program with Phil Inzinga.  The program aired on Citadel stations KYIS-98.9, KQOB-96.9, KATT-100.5, WWLS AM & FM, KKWD, AND WKY. 

What are the “5As”?

  • Ask – the member to describe their tobacco use, ideally at every visit
  • Advise – the member to quit
  • Assess – the willingness of the member to quit
  • Assist – the member with referrals and plans to quit
  • Arrange – for a follow up with the member 

Who is Qualified to Receive This Benefit?

Most SoonerCare members who use tobacco age 12 and over.

Who Can Perform the “5As”?

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Midwives
  • OSDH Nurse Practitioners & Registered Nurses
  • FQHC Nurse Practitioners & Registered Nurses
  • Dentists 

What Must a Compensable Service Include?

  • A separate progress note with member specific information addressing the “5As” counseling. OHCA CH-18 Form can be used or the physician can choose to use his/her own clinical notes.
  • Beginning and ending times performing the service and signature with credentials of the direct service provider.

What Tobacco Cessation Products are Covered?

In an effort to reduce barriers to tobacco cessation coverage, effective September 1, 2014, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) has removed prior authorization and co-pays for the following tobacco cessation products:   

  • Patches
  • Gum
  • Lozenges
  • Nasal Spray
  • Inhaler
  • Zyban or available generic
  • Chantix or available generic

Over-the-counter products are covered but require a prescription.

Coding and Limits

  • Tobacco cessation counseling services are paid in addition to other medically necessary services rendered on the same day
  • Use code 99406 for a three to 10 minute counseling session
  • Use code 99407 for a 10 or more minute counseling session
  • Dental code is D1320
  • No billing allowed for less than three minutes
  • SoonerCare members are qualified for a total of eight counseling sessions per rolling calendar year
  • A member is qualified for a total of 180 days of tobacco cessation products in a 365 day calendar year. After the member has had 180 days of treatment, there is a 180 day waiting period before tobacco cessation products can be covered again.



  • Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline – 1-800-QUIT-NOW 
    The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline website offers tips on helping people wherever they are in the quit process (Thinking about quitting/Ready to quit/Help someone quit/Stay tobacco free). Oklahomans are also able to enroll   into 1800QUITNOW free coaching calls from this website.     
  • Order free promotional materials from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline 
  • Quit Now
    FREE program to help create an easy-to-follow Quitting Plan that will show a tobacco user how to get ready, take action and then live the rest of their life tobacco free.  
  • Become an Ex 
    TheEX Plan is a free quit smoking program, one that can show you a whole new way to think about quitting. It’s based on personal experiences from ex-smokers as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic.
  • Tobacco Stops With Me
    A website for providers and Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Includes the latest news/facts/resources about tobacco,  and what is tobacco cessation efforts are happening all around Oklahoma. It also contains a section on peoples stories of how tobacco has affected them and their family.
  • Kill the Can 
    A resource to quit dip and chewing tobacco. A free online community of people dedicated to quitting smokeless tobacco and to supporting each other’s struggles with a powerful and persistent addiction.  
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health – Tobacco Prevention Programs
    This website has a breakdown of the Tobacco Use Prevention and Reduction Programs and contains links to all the different programs and opportunities around the state.   
  • Breathe Easy
    This website contains information on the breathe easy initiative/smoke free policy. You can go on there and order decals to put up to promote a smoke free business or home. 
  • Smokefree Women 
    This website includes a variety of interactive tools to help women quit smoking, with a whole section dedicated to pregnant tobacco users.