Cancer screening Pap smears, also known as a Pap test, are covered for female beneficiaries beginning at age 21. The frequency of the screening Pap smears is at the discretion of the beneficiary and provider; however they should be performed at least once every three years. Women under age 21 should not be screened regardless of the age of sexual initiation or other risk factors. View preventive services costs when performed during a health promotion and disease prevention exam. There may be costs for a Pap test if performed due to a diagnosis. See cost information for lab and X-ray services and office visits.
Note: TRICARE allows for a 30-day grace period prior to due date of the next Pap smear.