Lung Cancer Screening Provided by Medicare

November 11, 2014 8:26 AM

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Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposal on Monday regarding Medicare’s covering lung cancer screenings. Though insurance people get through their employer or on their own often covers these screenings, Medicare has not been covering them. The screenings typically cost around $300, and many people who are eligible for Medicare cannot afford that expense. Since this announcement, CMS has opened a 30-day comment period.

Lung cancer kills nearly 160,000 Americans a year, in part because tumors aren’t usually detected early enough for treatment to stand a good chance. A major study found low-dose CT scans of the lungs of people at especially high risk could cut their chances of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent. I...

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