Ikey Fowler

When you go onto Medicare, the preventive services you receive will be filed under Medicare Part B. You will find that Medicare encourages you to have your preventive screenings completed. You can go to Medicare.gov to see a list of the screenings that are considered preventive services or feel free to contact our office and we can get you that list. Some of the most common preventive screenings are: bone density, mammograms, colonoscopy, diabetes screening, and flu shots.

The obvious question is “how much will these screenings cost me?” Your Medicare and You Handbook states, “You pay nothing for most preventive services if you get the service from a doctor or other qualified health care provider that accepts Medicare assignment.” If you have employer insurance or a Medicare Advantage Plan your costs may be different so contact your benefit coordinator or plan for your cost.

If you have had Part B for less than 12 months you qualify for a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit or if you have had Part B for more than 12 months you qualify for a yearly “Wellness” visit. Both of these visits are designed to help you develop and follow a personalized plan to aid you in preventing illness and disability. If these visits are to a doctor or health care provider that accepts Medicare assignment there is no cost to you. One important fact to remember about your “Welcome to Medicare” or “Wellness” visit is, you only get one per year and from only one provider. 

Preventive screenings are very important to your overall health. Medicare encourages you, our company encourages you and our family encourages you to GET THOSE PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS DONE. It may save your life!!!

If you have questions regarding any aspect of Medicare or Medicare health plans feel free call us at Alabama Health Guidance (256-648-5710), stop by our office at 885 Florence Blvd (Four Lane Shopping Center) or email me at ikey@alabamahealthguidance.com.

Alabama Health Guidance is an independent insurance agency and is not affiliated with Medicare or any other government agency.