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Medicare’s preventive services




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December 21, 2010 | 1,268 views | Post a comment

Dear Savvy Senior

I’ve heard that Medicare will soon be offering seniors free health screenings. What can you tell me about this?

Searching Senior

Dear Searching

It’s true! Starting Jan. 1, 2011, as part of the new health care reform law, everyone with Original Medicare will have access to many important preventive health services, and most of them won’t cost you a cent. Here’s what you should know:

No Cost-Sharing

Over the years, Medicare has covered a number of preventive health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies with varying levels of cost-sharing (that includes deductibles, co-insurance or co-payments). Cost-sharing for preventive services typically means that you, the beneficiary, pay 20 percent of the cost of the service (Medicare picks up the other 80 percent), after you’ve met your $155 Part B deductible.

But starting next month, Medicare beneficiaries will no longer have to pay any out-of-pocket costs for most preventive services, including annual wellness visits which are being added to the program to help keep you healthy.

Wellness Visits

In addition to the one-time “Welcome to Medicare” physical (which new beneficiaries can get but only within their first year of enrollment in Part B), free annual wellness visits with your physician will now be available. Each exam will include body and blood pressure measurements, a review of your medical history including any medications you’re taking and care you may be receiving from other health care providers, an assessment of your cognitive condition, and establish an appropriate screening schedule for the next five to 10 years.

Health Screenings

In addition to the wellness visits, here’s a list of the free health screenings and vaccinations Medicare will be offering its beneficiaries in 2011, along with the eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to get them.

•Breast cancer screening: Yearly mammograms will be offered to women age 40 and older with Medicare.

•Colorectal cancer screening: This includes the flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy for all beneficiaries age 50 or older.

•Cervical cancer screening: Pap smear and pelvic exams are available every two years, or once a year for those at high risk.

•Cardiovascular screenings: Free blood test to check cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels are offered every five years to all Medicare recipients.

•Diabetes: Twice a year screening for those at risk.

•Medical nutrition therapy: Available to help people manage diabetes or kidney disease.

•Prostate cancer screening: A digital rectal exam and PSA blood test is available to all male beneficiaries age 50 and older every year. You pay nothing for the PSA test, but you’ll have to pay 20 percent for the doctor’s visit.

•Bone mass measurements: This osteoporosis test is available every two years to those at risk, or more often if medically necessary.

•Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: To check for bulging blood vessels, this test is available to men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked.

•HIV screening: Available to those who are at increased risk or who ask for the test.

•Vaccinations: An annual flu shot, a vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia and the hepatitis B vaccine are all free to all beneficiaries.

For more details on Medicare’s preventive services, see your “Medicare & You 2011” booklet that you received in the mail in October. Or read it at http://www.medicare.gov.

Medicare Advantage

If you have Medicare Advantage, you need to know that the health care reform law did not require these plans to provide free preventive services. However, most Advantage plans already offer Medicare-covered preventive services without cost-sharing. You’ll need to check your plan to find out your specific coverage.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit http://SavvySenior.org .
 
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