Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Are you using all your Medicare benefits?

Medicare now covers preventive services that are an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This means no more Medicare Part B deductible or co-payment for these screenings if certain coverage criteria apply and you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts Medicare assignments.
Some of the services now covered by Medicare include:

  Bone mass measurement
  Prostate cancer screening (except digital rectal examinations)
Cervical cancer screening, including Pap smear tests and pelvic exams
Cholesterol and other cardiovascular screenings
Colorectal cancer screening (except for barium enemas)
Diabetes screening
Flu shot, pneumonia shot, and the hepatitis B shot
For a complete list of preventive services, visit

If you are turning 65 soon, plan to attend one of my "Getting Started with Medicare" classes at your local library or community center. For a complete lists of dates and times, visit

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