Oringinal Medicare Now Covers Preventative Services for 2011

If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “wellness” visit to develop or update a personalized plan to prevent disease based on your current health and risk factors. This visit is covered once every 12 months.

If you received the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit, you have to wait 12 months before you can get your first yearly “wellness” visit. You don’t need to have a “Welcome to Medicare” visit before your yearly “wellness” visit.

You pay nothing for the yearly “wellness” visit if the doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment. If you get additional tests or services during the same visit that aren’t covered under these preventive benefits, you may have to pay,however if you purchase a Medicare Supplement,it may pay for the additional services. There are a number of wellness services covered,please contact a medicare specialist.

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