June 7, 2022
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Medicare: Preventive Care Can Be Essential for Health

Did you know that a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive care visit is possible within the first 12 months of having Part B? Regular preventive care can help maintain and help protect your health as you age. Under Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), some types of preventive care are covered so that Medicare beneficiaries can plan for their future.

What is the meaning of preventive care?

Preventive care is the utilization of services that can help keep you healthy. It goes beyond vaccinations, to include screenings, tests, counseling, and other check-ups. Preventive care can help keep both your body and your mind in good condition.

How much does preventive care cost?

Under Medicare Part B, it can be possible to receive some preventive care at no cost to you depending on your eligibility, whether the doctor accepts assignment, and the frequency of treatment needed. Contact your plan to learn more about potential expenses.

Does Medicare cover preventive care?

Yes, Medicare Part B provides coverage for preventive care. Check with your primary care physician to see if you’re eligible for specific services.

Some examples of preventive care covered by Medicare Part B include:

Periodic Screenings:*

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm – one-time screening
  • Bone mass measurements (bone density) – every 24 months or more often if medically necessary
  • Cardiovascular disease – screenings every 5 years
  • Colorectal cancer – screenings frequency varies depending on test and medical necessity
  • Diabetes – screenings 2x per year depending on eligibility.
  • Diabetes self-management – training varies depending on eligibility
  • Hepatitis C screening – test one-time screening or yearly for certain high risk people
  • Nutrition therapy – services
  • Obesity – screenings & counseling

Yearly Screenings:

  • Alcohol misuse screenings & counseling – every 12 months
  • One-time “Welcome to Medicare” preventive care visit – every 12 months
  • Lung cancer – screening every 12 months
  • Sexually transmitted infections –  screening & counseling every 12 months or more often based upon eligibility
  • HIV screening – every 12 months based upon eligibility
  • Glaucoma tests – every 12 months for high risk people
  • Depression screenings – every 12 months
  • Cardiovascular disease (behavioral therapy) – once per year

Men:

  • Prostate cancer screenings – every 12 months

Women:

Shots:

  • Flu shot – once per flu season
  • Hepatitis B shots
  • Pneumococcal shots
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Tobacco use cessation counseling – 8 visits in a 12 month period
  • Yearly “Wellness” visit –  every 12 months

HealthMarkets can help.

HealthMarkets can help you find a Medicare plan that includes preventive care. Start comparing your options online now, or you can call (800) 827-9990 to speak with a licensed insurance agent. If you prefer an in-person meeting, you can also find a licensed insurance agent near you.

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To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

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© 2022 HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. All rights reserved.

To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

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