Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
Cervical & 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
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.
- National Cancer Institute—cervical cancer information
- CDC—cervical cancer information
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations Globe icon
- American Cancer Society—Learn About Cervical Cancer Globe icon
- Medicare & You: women's health (video)
- Medicare & You: cervical cancer (video)