Your Medicare Wellness Visit, also called a wellness exam, is when you and your doctor put your undivided attention on your health. You’re not there because you’re sick or in pain or needing a prescription. And your doctor is not there to diagnose or treat a health problem.
Get to know Medicare during National Medicare Education Week, September 15–21. The goal of National Medicare Education Week is to help empower Medicare beneficiaries, new to Medicare individuals and caregivers to make confident and informed decisions. This year, you can attend a local event in your community, and Medicare Made Clear will offer three online webinars focusing on key Medicare topics.
Medicare defines “creditable coverage” as coverage that is at least as good as what Medicare provides. Therefore, creditable drug coverage is as good or better than Medicare Part D.
Over the next few months, you’re probably going to receive a lot of information about Medicare. It’s all meant to help you understand your coverage choices and make informed decisions during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7).
Retirement used to be closely linked to turning 65. No more. The full retirement age for anyone born in 1943 or later is at least 66. It’s 67 if you were born in 1960 or later. Full retirement age is the age at which you can receive 100% of your Social Security retirement benefit.
Medicare is not just for when you’re sick or injured. Some Medicare benefits are designed to help you get and stay healthy. Your annual Medicare Wellness Visit is one such benefit you don’t want to pass up. It’s covered by Medicare Part B. You pay no deductible and no copay for the visit.
Your health care needs are personal, and your Medicare choices should be too. Of course you want a plan with the coverage you need. You also want one that’s kind to your pocketbook.