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National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Abortion (140.1)

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Benefit Category
Physicians' Services

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Indications and Limitations of Coverage

CIM 35-99

Abortions are not covered Medicare procedures except:

  1. If the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or
  2. In the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.

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Revision History

03/1999 - Restricted coverage to pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or that endanger the life of the mother. Effective date NA. Restrictions are included in section 508 and 509 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999. (TN 108) (CR 778)

03/2006 - Technical Corrections to the NCD Manual. Effective/Implementation Date: 06/19/2006. (TN 48) (CR4278)

Other Versions
  • Abortion - Version 1, Effective between 10/1/1998 - 6/19/2006
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