Three Medicare Preventive Services to Stay Healthy Amid COVID-19
Mike Seals - August 19, 2020 9:36 am
By Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready
Medicare beneficiaries pay nothing for most preventive services if the services are administered from a doctor or other health care provider who participates with Medicare. To protect your health during the current crisis, consider taking advantage of the following three Medicare preventive services for free:
- Annual Wellness Visit If you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit. You pay nothing for this exam if the doctor accepts assignment. This exam is covered once every 12 months.
- Depression Screening Mental health is just as important as physical health. For many, COVID-19 has been a source of anxiety, worry and depression. Please reach out if you need help. Medicare covers a depression screening once per year, and you pay nothing if your doctor accepts assignment.
- Obesity Screening and Counseling According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) or 30 or adobe, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Medicare Part B covers BMI screenings and behavioral counseling to help you lose weight if you have a BMI of 30 or higher.
To view a full list of preventive services covered by Medicare, visit https://www.oid.ok.gov/consumers/information-for-seniors/preventative-services/ or contact the MAP division at (800) 763-2828.
If you have questions about other insurance issues, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at www.oid.ok.gov.