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 one of these apply:
    • You’re at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer.
    • You’re of childbearing age and have had an abnormal Pap test in the past 36 months.

Who's eligible?

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.


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. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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