Medicare covers a one time, noninvasive, ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) to at-risk patients. The screening must be completed within the first twelve months of entering Medicare, as part of the Welcome to Medicare Exam. Eligible at risk participants include:
- Men aged, 65 to 75 who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in a lifetime
- Men and women with a family history of AAA
Additional information can be found on Medicare’s website.
All recently eligible Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to get informed and discuss this screening benefit with your doctor. If you do not qualify for coverage under Medicare, please check with your insurance company regarding your coverage for this exam.
More must be done to ensure that all at-risk patients have access to a potentially life-saving AAA screening! Learn more about the proposed Congressional bill that will broaden coverage for at-risk Medicare recipients.