| Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Have a Healthy New Year. Plan preventative care and health screenings now.

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

Medicare covers a number of preventative and wellness services—whether you belong to Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan—that can help you have a healthy new year. The new year is a great time to think about your health. Are you due for a screening, like a mammogram or colonoscopy? Is there something you want to do this year to get healthier, like stop smoking or improve your diet? Are you feeling healthy, and just want to make sure you stay that way? Medicare covers a number of preventative and wellness services—whether you belong to Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan—that can help you have a healthy new year.

Wellness visits. One wellness visit is covered every 12 months for Medicare beneficiaries. Print this Preventative Services Checklist; you can track the Medicare-covered tests and screenings you’re eligible for and take a report to your next appointment.

Breast Cancer or Prostate Cancer screenings. All women age 40 and older can get a breast cancer screening mammogram covered once every 12 months. One baseline screening is covered for Medicare-eligible women ages 35 to 39. Men age 50 and older are eligible for one prostate cancer screening every 12 months.

Colon cancer screening. All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for a screening colonoscopy. All other types of colorectal screenings are available to people with Medicare age 50 and older.

Smoking cessation. Medicare will cover 8 face-to-face smoking cessation visits during a 12 month period. These visits must be provided by a Medicare-recognized practitioner.

Medical nutrition therapy. Medicare covers nutrition therapy services for people diagnosed with diabetes or kidney disease. Therapy covers a nutrition and lifestyle assessment, nutrition counseling, follow-up visits and more.

Flu shots. Medicare covers one flu shot per season in the fall or winter  when given by a Medicare recognized health care provider.

Depression screening. One depression screening is covered per year for Medicare beneficiaries.

These are just a few of the preventative health care services that are covered by Medicare. There is a complete list of preventative services on Medicare’s website.

If you have a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan, read your benefit details. Some plans offer additional wellness benefits like gym memberships or discount programs on prescription medications.

Before you receive any health care service, make sure you are seeing a Medicare-recognized health care provider that accepts Medicare assignments. Find and compare doctors, hospitals, plans and suppliers.

For more information contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048. You can also contact UnitedHealthcare® Medicare Made Clear to learn more 1-877-619-5582, TTY 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. local time, 7 days a week.

Resources:

Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventative Services

Find a Medicare Covered Physician

Staying Healthy: Medicare’s Preventative Services

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