Whether you have just signed up for Medicare, or have been a recipient of assistance for years, you may not be getting all of the benefits you are entitled to.
The Affordable Care Act has enhanced the offerings of Medicare to include certain preventative tests designed to reduce the incidence of particular cancers and diseases.
Below is a list of the prevention measures offered by Medicare, which are covered under Part B. (Note that some tests may be gender specific and subject to referral or qualification based on certain risk factors.)
- "Welcome to Medicare" doctor's visit
- Yearly "Wellness" doctor's visit
- Tobacco use cessation counseling
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
- Cardiovascular screening
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Breast cancer screening (women only)
- Cervical and vaginal cancer screening (women only)
- HIV screening
- Colorectal cancer screening
- EKG screening
- Prostate cancer screening (men only)
- Glaucoma tests
- Diabetes screening, supplies and self-management training
- Bone mass measurements
Medicare offers these services for little or no charge because they are designed to nip potential health problems in the bud.
For more information on Medicare: Medicare Preventive Services