NC Medicaid Will Cover 3D Mammography

Thanks to the efforts of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and the radiologists who detailed the benefits of 3D mammography to the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance, the state’s Medicaid program in North Carolina will cover breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography beginning this spring.

Using these higher quality images cuts down on the need for additional tests; help physicians detect more cancers earlier and especially helps detect tumors in women with dense breast tissue.

The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation requiring physicians report when a woman has dense breast tissue to make them aware of the special benefits of 3D mammography in their particular case. Commercial insurers, like Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, does cover 3D mammography.

Watch your NCMS Bulletin for updates on when the new Medicaid coverage will take effect.


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