Does Medicare Cover Vasectomy?

Medicare typically does not cover vasectomy procedures. Some Medicare Advantage plans may cover vasectomies, depending your specific plan. Learn more and compare plans in your area.

Medicare typically does not cover a vasectomy.

Some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may cover benefits not found in Original Medicare. Check with your Medicare Advantage plan carrier to find out if your plan will cover a vasectomy.

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Does Medicare cover vasectomies?

No. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare does not pay for most elective sterilization, such as:

  • Elective hysterectomy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a form of male birth control, or sterilization. It is a surgical procedure that blocks sperm from reaching the semen to make a man unable to get a woman pregnant.

How much does a vasectomy cost with Medicare?

Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover vasectomies. If you have Original Medicare, you will likely be responsible for 100 percent of the cost of your vasectomy.

If your Medicare Advantage plan covers a vasectomy, the cost you are responsible for paying may vary based on your plan’s deductible, copayment or coinsurance costs and network. Speak directly with your plan carrier for more information.

Medicare Advantage plans may offer different benefits

Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies as an alternative to Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B).

Every Medicare Advantage plan must cover everything that Part A and Part B covers, and some Medicare Advantage plans also offer other benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover.

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

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Christian has written hundreds of articles for that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

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