January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018 and 15% of these new cases will be in women over 65.
Original Medicare provides coverage for cervical and vaginal cancer screenings.
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers Pap tests and pelvic exams to check for cervical and vaginal cancer. As part of the exam, Part B also covers a clinical breast exam to check for breast cancer. Part B covers these screening tests:
- Once every 24 months for all women.
- Once every 12 months if you’re at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer, or if you’re of childbearing age and have had an abnormal Pap test in the past 36 months.
- All women with Part B are covered.
Your costs in Original Medicare:
- You pay nothing for the lab Pap test. You also pay nothing for the Pap test specimen collection, pelvic exam and breast exam if the doctor accepts assignment.