ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medicare beneficiaries are certainly taking advantage of the opportunity to get preventive services offered under the Affordable Care Act. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 16.5 million people with traditional Medicare took advantage of at least one free preventive service in the first six months of 2013.
“health care to prevent illness or detect illness at an early stage, when treatment is likely to work best (for example, preventive services include Pap tests, flu shots, and screening mammograms).”
Preventive services are defined by Medicare as “health care to prevent illness or detect illness at an early stage, when treatment is likely to work best (for example, preventive services include Pap tests, flu shots, and screening mammograms).”1 Screenings, tests, and informational support can make a big difference in longevity and well-being. Prevention begins with the “Welcome to Medicare” exam and continues yearly with annual wellness visits.
Many preventive services are offered by Medicare at no charge, as long as providers accept assignment (in Original Medicare), or in the case of Medicare Advantage, belong to your plan’s network. As you may know, Medicare Advantage plans must offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare, but many offer additional benefits.
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