Free “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit

Know your Medicare benefits.

If you are new to Medicare, your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit is now covered without cost sharing during your first 12 months of Part B coverage. This exam is a one-time review of your health as well as education and counseling about preventive services and other care.

If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. 

Under the new healthcare law, the visit is now free to those with Original Medicare, and to most people with Medicare Advantage Plans, along with a number of preventive screenings and services (like mammograms and colonoscopies).

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