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Medicare and Preventive Care: A Roadmap to Staying Healthy and Well

Prevention is the cornerstone of good health, and Medicare provides essential coverage for a wide range of preventive care services to help beneficiaries stay healthy and detect health problems early. In this post, we’ll explore the importance of preventive care, the preventive services covered by Medicare, and how beneficiaries can prioritize preventive care to maintain optimal health and well-being.

The Importance of Preventive Care

Preventive care plays a crucial role in promoting overall health and well-being by focusing on disease prevention, early detection, and risk reduction. By identifying health issues early or taking preventive measures, individuals can often avoid more serious health problems down the road, leading to better health outcomes and quality of life.

Medicare’s Coverage of Preventive Services

Medicare provides coverage for a comprehensive array of preventive care services to eligible beneficiaries. These services include:

Welcome to Medicare Visit

A one-time initial preventive visit with a healthcare provider within the first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare Part B. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history, health screenings, and personalized preventive services planning.

Annual Wellness Visit

An annual wellness visit with a healthcare provider to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. This visit includes a review of your medical and family history, health risk assessment, and personalized health advice and screenings.

Screenings

Medicare covers various screenings for common health conditions, such as cancer (e.g., mammograms, colonoscopies, cervical cancer screenings), cardiovascular disease (e.g., blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings), diabetes (e.g., blood glucose testing), and osteoporosis (e.g., bone density testing).

Vaccinations

Medicare covers vaccines to help prevent illnesses such as covid-19, influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease (pneumonia), hepatitis B, and shingles. Annual flu and covid-19 shots are particularly important for older adults, who may be more vulnerable to complications from these illnesses.

Behavioral Counseling

Medicare covers counseling services to help beneficiaries address lifestyle factors and behavioral risk factors that can affect their health, such as tobacco use, obesity, alcohol misuse, and depression.

Tips for Prioritizing Preventive Care

Know Your Coverage

Familiarize yourself with the preventive services covered by Medicare and take advantage of the services recommended for your age, gender, and health status.

Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Schedule regular wellness visits with your healthcare provider to review your health status, update your preventive care plan, and address any health concerns or questions you may have.

Stay Up to Date on Screenings

Stay current on recommended screenings and vaccinations based on your age, gender, and medical history. Discuss screening recommendations with your healthcare provider to determine the appropriate schedule for screenings.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, managing stress, getting enough sleep, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol use.

Stay Informed

Stay informed about preventive care guidelines, health recommendations, and changes to Medicare coverage by regularly checking updates from Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other reputable sources.

Prioritizing preventive care is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being as you age. Medicare provides coverage for a wide range of preventive services to help you stay healthy, detect health problems early, and prevent serious illnesses. By taking advantage of Medicare’s preventive care benefits, scheduling regular check-ups, staying up to date on screenings and vaccinations, and adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can proactively manage their health and enjoy a higher quality of life in your golden years. Remember, preventive care is an investment in your health and well-being that pays dividends in the long run.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Currently we represent AETNA, United Healthcare organizations which offer AETNA: MA and PDP and United Healthcare: MA, PDP, CSNP, DSNP products in your area. Please contact Medicare. gov, 1-800-MEDICARE, or your local State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) to get information on all your options.

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John Petit

John has a degree in Finance, a Master’s degree in Management, and is licensed to offer insurance products, financial products such as mutual funds and retirement plans.

Published March 29, 2024. Updated May 28, 2024

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