San Antonio Health Plans that Cover Colonoscopy Screenings at 45
The American Cancer Society has lowered the recommended age to start colorectal cancer screenings. For patients with an average risk*, the ACS now recommends regular screenings begin at 45 years old. Previously, the guideline was 50 years old.
However, only a few insurance companies have adjusted their reimbursement policies to reflect the new recommendations.
In San Antonio, select plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield have been covering screening colonoscopies starting at age 45. These include plans offered at H-E-B, Univerisity of Texas System, and the BCBS Federal Plan.
Even if you have insurance through these providers, it’s important to confirm your coverage.
If your insurance does not cover colonoscopy screenings beginning at age 45, we recommend asking the insurance company to review the new guidelines from the American Cancer Society. The more patients who make this request, the faster insurance companies will update their reimbursement policies.
*Average risk patients do not have:
- A family or personal history of colon polyps or cancer
- Symptoms of colon cancer (list below)
- Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
- Certain genetic conditions such as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
- Certain ethnic backgrounds including African-Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Jews of Eastern European descent (Ashkenazi Jews)