Does Medicare Cover Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy?

Does Medicare cover Breast reconstructive surgery  after bilateral prophylactic Mastectomy for patients with BRCA positive gene mutation and strong family hx (medical history) of breast cancer?

Doctor Answers (9)

Yes Medicare covers breast reconstruction!

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Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Medicare and breast recon?


Yes! Under federal law it is covered. Also, any asymmetry is also covered to balance the breasts.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Insurance implications with breast reconstruction


On October 21, 1998, the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, became effective as part of the 1999 Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriation Act. This new federal law requires group health plans and individual health policies that provide coverage for mastectomies to also provide coverage for breast reconstruction in connection with mastectomy.

In accordance with the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, members receiving mastectomy-related services are entitled to the following benefits:

Reconstruction of the breast on which mastectomy has been performed
Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance
Prostheses and treatment of physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy, including lymphedemas
One home health care visit within 48 hours of hospital discharge
Outpatient care following a mastectomy performed in a health care facility
Inpatient skilled nursing facility care in which the length of stay is determined by the treating physician based upon generally accepted criteria for safe discharge
This coverage will be provided in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and patient, given that your plastic surgeon accepts your insurance.  

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Yes.  Breast reconstruction and equalizing surgery on the other breast is covered. You should not have any trouble get the procedures done providing that you find a plastic surgeon that accepts your Medicare benefits.

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Medicare covers breast reconstruction


Dear Violet

Medicare does cover breast reconstruction as well as the procedure on the opposite side to make the breasts even. Many plastic surgeons are willing to accept at least a portion of the costs from medicare and the secondary. There may be some additional fees but you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon in advance.

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Yes, Medicare will cover Breast Reconstruction


Insurance will cover breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Furthermore, Medicare should also cover any procedure performed on the opposite breast for symmetry purposes. For example, in order to match the reconstructed breast, the opposite breast may require a breast lift or reduction. Medicare and private insurance should cover this as well.

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Medicare covers breast cancer reconstruction


Yes Medicare will cover breast reconstruction following breast cancer reconstruction. However, the fees that they are willing to pay are generally lower than many plastic surgeons are willing to accept. Therefore, many plastic surgeons do not participate nor do they accept assignment for such cases. In these instances, you may likely have to pay out of pocket expenses.

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