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?

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Medicare and breast reconstruction

Thank you for your question.  Yes, a bill passed in 1998 mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction.  Additionally, it also covers any revisionary or balancing procedures on the opposite side to achieve symmetry.  

Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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800 12th Avenue
Forth Worth, TX 76104


The answer to your question is yes, Medicare does provide coverage for breast reconstruction after any medically necessary mastectomy related to breast cancer prevention and/or treatment.  This is because the federal government passed the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 mandating that all medical insurance providers, including Medicare, cover breast reconstruction after mastectomy.  Feel free to contact my office and speak to my patient care coordinator who specializes in the insurance - breast reconstruction process.  She will be happy to assist you during this challenging process and answer any additional questions you may have.  Be sure to research for board certified plastic surgeons that have experience performing breast reconstruction.  I also recommend reviewing their before and after galleries before scheduling a consultation.

Be well and good luck!


Morgan E. Norris, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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6400 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030-1524

Yes Medicare covers breast reconstruction!

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Robert Whitfield, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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1510 W. 34th Street
Austin, TX 78703

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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27716 Cashford Cir
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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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8900 E. Raintree Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Medicare Covers Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

It is a federal law that Medicare and all insurance companies cover costs for mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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3991 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Breast reconstruction and Medicare

All insurance companies will cover breast reconstruction after mastectomy.  Medicaid will covet this for you.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

Breast reconstruction is covered by Medicare

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.

Best wishes.

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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2220 Wisteria Drive
Snellville, GA 30078

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.

Good luck. Steven Schuster MD FACS

Steven Schuster, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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1905 Clint Moore Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33496

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.

Jason C. Ganz, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Drive intersection
Stony Brook, NY 11794

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