DECATUR- The diagnosis can be shocking. But detecting breast cancer it early can be lifesaving. Finding out includes a mammogram, but for some women the test is expensive.
The Susan G. Komen foundation listing the average cost at $125.
But because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, women with insurance won't have to pay a co-pay, which could mean more women getting tested. In one study cited by healthcare.gov, the number of women getting mammograms went up by 9 percent when co-pays were removed.
Here's more info from cancer.gov on the cost of a mammogram:
"How much does a mammogram cost?
For most women with private insurance, the cost of screening mammograms is covered without copayments or deductibles, but women should contact their mammography facility or health insurance company for confirmation of the cost and coverage.
Medicare pays for annual screening mammograms for all female Medicare beneficiaries who are age 40 or older. Medicare will also pay for one baseline mammogram for female beneficiaries between the ages of 35 and 39. There is no deductible requirement for this benefit. Information about Medicare coverage is available at http://www.medicare.gov or through the Medicare Hotline at 1–800–MEDICARE (1–800–633–4227). For the hearing impaired, the telephone number is 1–877–486–2048.
How can uninsured or low-income women obtain a free or low-cost screening mammogram?
Some state and local health programs and employers provide mammograms free or at low cost. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinates the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This program provides screening services, including clinical breast exams and mammograms, to low-income, uninsured women throughout the United States and in several U.S. territories. Contact information for local programs is available from the CDC at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp or by calling 1–800–CDC–INFO (1–800–232–4636).
Information about free or low-cost mammography screening programs is also available from NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422– 6237) and from local hospitals, health departments, women's centers, or other community groups."