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Paying for Cancer Screening and Prevention

Locate medical experts and find information on insurance coverage and financial assistance for risk management, treatment and follow up care.

Paying for risk-reducing surgery for ovarian cancer risk

Risk-reducing removal of ovaries and tubes (salpingo-oophorectomy)
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of risk-reducing removal of the ovaries and tubes for women with a BRCA1, BRCA2 or other inherited mutation linked to increased ovarian cancer risk. If your insurance company denies these services, visit our health insurance appeals page for information on insurance appeals. 

Most hospitals have social workers or financial assistance counselors who can help explain your options and direct you to resources which provide assistance in paying for medical care. Some hospitals designated as Hill-Burton facilities receive money from the federal government. These hospitals must provide a certain amount of free or reduced-cost health services every year to those who cannot pay. Each facility may decide which type of free or reduced-cost care it will provide, and must publish this information in the newspaper, as well as provide a written notice to you upon request for Hill-Burton assistance.

Federally qualified health centers (also called “Community Health Centers”) can be a resource to anyone who needs financial assistance with their healthcare journey. Their mission is to provide care regardless of ability to pay. They often are the most knowledgeable about which other providers and organizations in their local community offer services at discounts, sliding fee scales, etc.  Their main focus is providing prevention services such as screenings.

All of the centers must provide access to mental health services and many provide access to general living assistance programs (energy assistance, child care assistance, housing assistance, etc.)

Risk-reducing removal of the tubes only (salplingectomy)
Some research suggests that the fallopian tubes may be the source of many hereditary ovarian cancers. This has led researchers to study whether or not premenopausal women who remove their fallopian tubes might delay ovarian removal until after menopause. This surgery, known as a salpingectomy may be covered by insurance as a sterilization procedure. The Affordable Care Act requires most insurance companies to pay for surgical sterilization with no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible women

Updated 11/05/15

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