If you are attending a senior or health fair this spring, and you stumble upon a vendor that offers "free" genetic testing or cancer screenings, take a second to ask yourself some questions before giving them your information and your DNA for a swab.
These tests are, in fact, not free. While the testing company might not charge you for a co-pay, please note that these tests (when legit) probably have a 20% co-pay under Part B, so in a non-fraud scenario, there is an out of pocket cost. Medicare will be charged, and this could affect your insurance further down the road when you might actually need a cancer screening or genetic test.
Medicare may cover genetic tests for diagnostic use when medically necessary and when your doctor prescribes this test.
If you've received genetic testing paid for by Medicare at a fair or presentation or notice something suspicious on your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), please contact the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol at AgeOptions at(800)699-6043
for our Genetic Testing Tip Sheet in English.
for our Genetic Testing Tip Sheet in Spanish.