Cost of mammograms — when breast exams leave women with unexpected bills: CBS News

“More than 30 million women get mammograms a year. And while many thought they were free and preventative, they ended up with big bills,” Anna Werner, our partner, writes over at CBS News. “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides for free mammograms every one to two years for women aged 40 and over. But many are called back for a second look and wind up with unexpected bills for hundreds of dollars,  In Topeka, Kansas, Sonya Johnson said she went for her regular mammogram, then got a call. Doctors saw something unusual in the images. ‘I kind of panicked, I was like, oh my gosh, you saw what?’ she said.   Johnson said she has dense breast tissue, a common condition. Doctors did ultrasounds on both breasts and found that there was nothing to worry about. But the bill for the followup test was $646, Johnson said.  ‘I didn’t even think that I was going to get charged,’ she said. ‘It’s preventative, and my first appointment didn’t cost me anything, not even a copayment. So I’m thinking, they called me, and I wasn’t expecting a bill at all.'” Anna Werner, “Cost of mammograms: Preventative breast exams leave women with unexpected bills,” CBS News.