Now’s the time to get the most out of your Medicare. The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking. 

Medicare can help. Medicare pays for many preventive services to keep you healthy. Preventive services can find health problems early, when treatment works best, and can keep you from getting certain diseases.

Preventive services include exams, shots, lab tests, and screenings. They also include programs for health monitoring, and counseling and education to help you take care of your own health. If you have Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance), you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit and many other covered preventive services.

Whether it’s online, in person, or on the phone, Medicare is committed to helping people get the information they need to make smart choices about their Medicare benefits. 


Talk to your doctor or health care provider to find out which preventive services are right for you and how often you need them. Your doctor or health care provider may do exams or tests that Medicare doesn’t cover. Your doctor or health care provider also may recommend that you have tests more or less often than Medicare covers them.

Medicare pays for some diagnostic tests. Your doctor or other healthcare provider may recommend a diagnostic test when a screening test or exam shows an abnormality. In some cases, you may have to pay for these services. 

If a service you get isn’t covered and you think it should be, you may appeal this decision. To file an appeal, follow the instructions on your “Medicare Summary Notice” (MSN). The MSN is an easy-to-read statement that clearly lists your health insurance claims information.

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