1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. It is the most common non-skin cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. Every woman is at risk, and this risk increases with age.

Breast cancer usually can be treated successfully when found early. Medicare covers screening mammograms to check for breast cancer before you or a doctor may be able to find it.

Mammograms

How often is it covered?

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a:

  • Screening mammogram once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since the last screening)
  • Diagnostic mammogram when medically necessary

Who's eligible?

  • Women with Medicare 40 or older are covered
  • Women with Medicare between 35-39 can get one baseline mammogram

Your costs in Original Medicare

  • Screening mammogram: You pay nothing for the screening test if the doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment
  • Diagnostic mammogram: You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

Note

Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

Source: Medicare.gov

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