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Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn't On Medicare



Most large private payers cover testing for a genetic marker indicating inherited breast cancer risk and will pay for associated prophylactic surgery. But Medicare has no national coverage decision for the test or for preventive mastectomy.



3 comments on "Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn't On Medicare"
Laurie (6/1/2013 at 6:30 PM)

@Grandma, I believe age is a risk factor for breast cancer in general. But, hereditary cancer is a different category [INVALID] tied to cancer at a young age (e.g., like Jolie's mother). This could be a legitimate reason why Medicare doesn't cover the prophylactic measures for BRCA gene positive women [INVALID] they should be done long before she reaches Medicare age, and, presumably, she's also likely to get that type of breast cancer before then as well.
Grandma (5/27/2013 at 12:25 AM)

Donald Stumpp, are you a doctor? Obviously not! The chances of a woman getting breast cancer gets greater as she gets older. Who are you to say Medicare shouldn't pay for the surgery? That is the insurance plan we have paid into all our lives and still pay a monthy premium for it.
donald stumpp (5/23/2013 at 11:23 AM)

Medicare should not pay for this surgery. By the time a women reaches age 65, if she has not developed breast cancer, what are the chances she will? It's the 37 yr old like Jolie that have a cost/benefit to testing and treatment. Her chances were very high. Additionally, the women with BRCA who are concerned like Jolie should act prior to 65, so there is no need again for Medicare to cover.