Medicare & You: Women’s health

Medicare & You: Women’s health


Hi, I’m Angela James at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. I’ve got some important information to share with you about women’s health. Women have unique health concerns including certain types of cancers and high rates of chronic disease, and women often avoid or delay preventive care, sometimes because of out-of-pocket costs. Screening tests are important because they can help find diseases early, when the treatment can work the best. The good news is that women now have access to these important services at little or no cost. Women with Medicare can take advantage of many of these services right now. Some of these services include an annual wellness visit, bone mass measurement, cervical cancer screenings, mammograms, and cardiovascular screenings. Medicare also covers other preventive services so talk to your doctor about risk factors, and to your doctor to schedule your next screening. If you get your health care coverage through a Medicare Advantage Plan, like an HMO or PPO, call your plan for more information. To learn more visit Medicare.gov.

13 comments

  1. I just found out from my gynecologist, that Medicare will no longer cover a PAP test for woman every year, only once every two years. The office visit and PAP test will cost over $300. Women we need to come together and petition Medicare to continue this annual visit and cover it. I know so many people that are alive because their cervical cancer was found early. Once every two years is not enough for this exam and test. Cancer can grow very quickly and the cost of treatment far exceeds the cost of a regular exam and early treatment.

  2. My gynecologist told me that if there is a strong history of it in your family, Medicare may elect to pay for one yearly.

  3. I am trying to find out if a woman has a family history of breast cancer, would Medicare pay for bracha gene testing.

  4. I had a mammogram in Dec 2017 and just received a bill from the Imaging Center for $80. I called first to make sure they accept Medicare, I am 54 and I hadn't had a mammogram in 4 yrs. I don't understand why I was charged. Anyone know?

  5. My GYN office told me I have to get my cervical cancer screening done by my PCP for Medicare to cover it. Then I went to another GYN for a problem, and she wouldn't do the cervical cancer screening for the same reason. Is this true, or do the GYNs just not want to accept the rate of reimbursement from Medicare? My PCP (a female) was angry that I asked her to do my Pap/Pelvic exam!

  6. I just turned 70 and I have yet had Medicare cover a Pap smear. I was also told by my GYN that I would need to go to my primary care doctor. So after paying over $500 to my GYN for 2 previous exams, I then went to my primary and still got denied and had to pay for the lab work for the Pap smear. Also was told that Medicare only will pay for a test every 3 years. I also have a supplemental plan but if Medicare doesn’t cover it then they won’t either. This is very frustrating! It would be nice if someone could explain when Medicare does pay for a Pap smear and exam. I’m do for a bone density but afraid to have it done because I will get billed for it afterwards.

  7. So tired of you all calling all black race AFRICAN AMERICAN!! I am a BROWN (BLACK) American, never been to Africa in my life! Was BORN AND RAISED IN AMERICA!! There are some WHITE PEOPLE that was born in AFRICA, and has become an American Citizen, but You don't refer to them as AFRICAN AMERICANS!! So Stop putting BROWN, BLACK, AND CREAM COLOR PEOPLES IN AFRICA!! JUST SAY 'PEOPLE OF COLOR'!!!

  8. This is why I have a Medicare Advantage plan instead of Medicare — it covers vision, dental, and hearing exams with a small or no copay. Anyone who has regular Medicare, but can't afford a supplemental plan plus a drug plan should research Medicare Advantage plans — they cover all three with a low monthly premium and small copays. I am low income and my plan has saved me a ton of money, and it even covered a hip replacement with a small copay of $750, which I was able to avoid paying as a result of applying for financial assistance throught the hospital. Medicare does not cover all the things that my Medicare Advantage plan covers and more people should take a look at the "advantages" of an Advantage plan!

  9. ONE OF THE MANE REASON WHY OUR CLAIMS ARE NOT BEING PAID IS BECAUSE OF THE CODING. THE PROCEDURE CODES THAT THESE DOCTORS ARE USING ARE INCORRECT. I AM DEALING WITH NO PAYMENT OR A DENIED CLAIM DUE TO WRONG CODING. MY PREVIOUS GYN DR RETIRE ALL OF MY CLAIMS WERE BEING PAID NOW I AM FIGHTING TO KEEP FROM GOING TO COLLECTION DUE TO WRONG CODING ON MY BILL. IF MEDICARE SAY THEY PAID FOR WELLNESS /PREVENTIVE PROCEDURES WHATS THE DEAL.

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