Mammograms Are Free! (& Not Just During Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

So, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

You might have heard that the American Cancer Society has just changed its guidelines for breast cancer screening, but at some point, most women will want to get a screening mammogram.

What most of those articles about mammograms don't tell you is this--under the Affordable Care Act, most preventive care services--including screening mammograms, screening colonoscopies, and vaccines--are FREE, whether you have private insurance or Medicaid. That's right--zero copay, even if you haven't met your plan's deductible. Most plans have to deliver a set of preventive services so long as they are delivered in your plan's network.

For all adults: This includes immunizations (including flu shots!) and assistance in stopping smoking, too!  (Click here for a full list of free services.)

For women: All of the benefits for "all adults" are included, and in addition, this includes breastfeeding support and contraceptive coverage, as well as mammograms and pap smears!  (Click here for a full list of free services.)

For children: This includes vaccines and hearing, vision, and developmental screenings.  (Click here for a full list of free services.)

NOTE: While screening mammograms are considered a preventive service, a diagnostic mammogram is not. So--say you find a lump in your breast--that would require diagnostic services, subject to your regular copays and deductibles.

Need more information? 

A good place to start is with the customer service number on your insurance card.

--R. Kraut




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