Medicare coverage for chemo

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Medicare coverage for chemo

Hello, everyone,

 

Of course, Medicare Part D covers chemo costs.  I just learned that Part B covers the costs for many ORAL chemo drugs, such as Xeloda.  

 

"Oral drugs used for cancer treatment that contain the same active ingredient and are used for the same indications as Part B-covered chemotherapy drugs furnished incident to a physician’s service (such as injectable dosage forms that are not usually self-administered). These drugs include Capecitabine (Xeloda)."

 

My pharmacist ran through my latest Xeloda Rx on my Medicare Part B card without a hitch.  However, for oral chemo drugs, Medicare requires a 20% copay even though the person has met the Part B deductible.  Still, it covers 80% of the cost.  Yay!  

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