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Pap Smears

Covered by TRICARE?Limits

Covered beginning at age 21.

  • Pap smears are covered for female beneficiaries beginning at age 21. 
  • Women under age 21 should not be screened regardless of the age of sexual initiation or other risk factors. 

The frequency of screening Pap smears may be at the discretion of the patient and clinician; however, screening Pap smears should not be performed less frequently than once every three years.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 12/6/2016