Monday, March 11, 2013

Are you taking advantage of all your Medicare benefits?

There's an old adage that says, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' Medicare makes it easy for you to take preventive action with you health care by covering the cost of many services including:

● Bone mass measurement

● Flu shot, pneumonia shot, and the hepatitis B shot

● Diabetes screening

● HIV screening for people at increased risk or who ask for the test

● Mammograms

● Medical nutrition therapy to help people manage diabetes or kidney disease

● Prostate cancer screening (except digital rectal examinations)

● Cervical cancer screening, including Pap smear tests and pelvic exams

● Colorectal cancer screening (except for barium enemas)

There's no Medicare Part B deductible and no co-payment if certain coverage criteria are met and you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts Medicare assignments. For a complete list of preventive services, visit

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

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