Most insured
people pay $0*

Cologuard® is covered by Medicare and most major insurers

Nationwide, more than 94% of Cologuard patients have no out-of-pocket cost for screening.*

*Exact Sciences estimate based on historical patient billing from October 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020. Rate of coverage varies by state and region. Exceptions for coverage may apply; only your insurer can confirm how Cologuard would be covered for you.

If you have a positive screening result, you should discuss it with your healthcare provider and have a follow-up colonoscopy.  The costs of this colonoscopy can vary based on your insurer, your specific benefits, and other factors.  Only your insurer can tell you what they will pay and what they expect you to pay.  We recommend you call them directly.
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    Understanding what is covered by your plan can be very complex. It can vary based on your insurer’s medical policy, your specific benefits, deductibles and amounts you may have already incurred against a deductible, and other factors. The best way to find out is to call your insurer directly, but here is some information as of March 2021 about major plans and relevant state laws:

    • People with Medicare Part B1 may receive a bill for a follow-up colonoscopy that includes co-insurance (typically 20%) and the deductible.
    • People with Medicare Advantage may receive a bill for a follow-up colonoscopy that includes co-insurance (in varying amounts, depending on the plan) and a deductible.
    • According to their posted medical policies, UnitedHealthcare2, UPMC Health Plan3, BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont4 and other payers generally cover a follow-up colonoscopy at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.
    • Kentucky5 and Oregon6 have state laws that require some plans in those states to cover follow-up colonoscopies at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

    The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover colon cancer screening at no cost to the patient. We believe that a follow-up colonoscopy after a positive screening result is part of the screening process, and it should also be covered at no cost to the patient. If you receive a bill for a follow-up colonoscopy, please call our Customer Care Center 24/7 at 1-844-870-8870 or visit our appeals page to create a customized letter to send to your insurance company.



    1. How do medicare copays and deductibles work? Updated February 18, 2021. Accessed March 14, 2021. 2. United Healthcare. Commercial Coverage Determination Guideline. Updated January 1, 2021. Accessed March 12, 2021. 3. UPMC Health Plan. Provider Partner Update. Updated September 2020. Accessed March 12, 2020. 4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. FIT Notice to GI and General Surgeons. Updated November 20, 2020. Accessed March 12, 2021. 5. Kentucky General Assembly. Coverage under health benefit plan for colorectal cancer examinations and laboratory tests. Updated January 1, 2020. Accessed March 12, 2021. 6. Colorectal cancer screenings and laboratory tests. Accessed March 12, 2021.

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