Did you know that if you have Medicare, then you have access to a variety of preventive tests and screenings? Most of those tests and screenings are at no cost to you. If you’re new to Medicare, your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit is now covered for free during your first 12 months of Part B coverage. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed.
If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. In addition to these important wellness visits, Medicare covers screening tests for diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease, just to name a few.
So, spring into action and take care of your health. It is so very important to be proactive in your health care needs. Understanding your Medicare benefits are very important. You can find answers to your Medicare questions at Medicare.gov.