Yes, Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) may cover breast reduction surgery that is deemed medically necessary by a doctor. The part of Medicare (Part A or Part B) that covers your breast reduction surgery will depend on the type of facility in which you undergo surgery.
Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may also cover a breast reduction surgery that is deemed medically necessary by your doctor.
Medicare Advantage plans also offer an annual out-of-pocket spending limit, which can potentially save you money in Medicare costs for your surgery.
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Original Medicare does not include an out-of-pocket spending limit.
Medicare may help cover breast reduction surgery if your doctor determines it is necessary to help treat or eliminate issues like severe back and neck pain by removing excess breast skin and tissue.
These symptoms can stem from breast hypertrophy (also called macromastia), which is a notable increase in the density and weight of the breasts relative to the rest of your body.
Breast reduction surgery may be considered medically necessary when:
Depending on whether your breast reduction surgery is performed as an inpatient hospital procedure or as outpatient surgery, Medicare Part A or Part B may cover some of your costs:
While it is possible Medicare may cover some costs related to your breast reduction surgery, you may be required to pay certain out-of-pocket costs, which may include:
The Medicare Part A deductible is $1,600 per benefit period in 2023.
A Part A benefit period starts when you are admitted for inpatient hospital care and ends when you have stopped receiving inpatient care for 60 consecutive days.
The Part A deductible is not annual, and you could experience more than one benefit period in a given calendar year.
When you meet your Part A deductible in a benefit period, you could face Part A coinsurance costs for inpatient hospital stays that last longer than 60 days (which is not common for breast reduction surgery):
The Medicare Part B deductible is a total of $226 per year in 2023. You must meet your Part B deductible before your Part B coverage will kick in.
After your Part B deductible is met, you typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor’s services.
There is no annual limit on how much you could pay for the Part B coinsurance in a given year. This means that the costs related to your breast reduction surgery could add up quickly.
Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies and must cover everything that Original Medicare covers.
If your breast reduction surgery is covered by Original Medicare, it will also be covered by a Medicare Advantage plan.
Some Medicare Advantage plans may also offer other benefits not found in Original Medicare.
Learn more about Medicare Advantage plans that are available in your area and the benefits they may offer. Call today to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can help you compare plans if you’re eligible to enroll.
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