Spring into action with Medicare preventive care

Spring means more daylight, blooming flowers, and warmer weather. Make sure you enjoy it all while staying proactive with your health. It’s time to spring into action with Medicare’s preventive care.

Preventive services are valuable to your wellbeing, because they can help you keep from getting sick and find health problems early, when treatment works best.

When you have Medicare, you have access to a variety of preventive tests and screenings, most at no cost to you. If you’re new to Medicare, we cover a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit during your first 12 months of Part B coverage.

Are you among the 1 in 3 Americans at risk for diabetes?

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Each day, 4,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — a serious disease that can lead to kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. Tuesday, March 24 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day — a day that focuses on how important it is to understand your risk of developing diabetes. You can take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out your risk for type 2 diabetes since it most often develops in middle-aged and older adults.

Make healthier choices for a healthier you. Medicare can help!

Food isn’t just for survival — it can foster relationships, spark conversations, and connect cultures. Above all, smart food choices are good for you and your family’s health, and overall well-being. While confusing food labels and fad diets can make healthy eating challenging, National Nutrition Month and Medicare are here to help!

March is National Nutrition Month®. Information and other resources are available to help you understand portion sizes, become menu-savvy when dining out, and make healthy eating choices. Make learning how to make food choices that are healthy, delicious, and sustainable a priority this month.

Get your yearly colorectal cancer screenings

When life gets busy, it’s easy to put off an important test or screening. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so take some time out of your busy schedule to get screened. Remember, colorectal cancer is very common among men—it’s the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. among cancers that affect both men and women. It’s important to be proactive, so talk with your doctor about whether you should get colorectal cancer or prostate cancer screenings.

Care for your kidneys — Medicare can help

There’s never “bean” a better time to care for your kidneys’ health.

Did you know that approximately 90% of people with kidney disease don’t know they have it? If it’s caught early enough, kidney disease can be slowed or stopped, so it’s important to ask your doctor if you have concerns. And, if you’ve already been diagnosed with kidney disease, Medicare is here to help you care for your kidneys.

Medicare now covers coronavirus testing

You may be hearing about the coronavirus (officially called 2019-novel coronavirus or COVID-19) in the news. While there isn’t a vaccine yet, Medicare is still here to help.

Part B covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

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 covers a test to see if you have coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or other health care provider orders it, if you got the test on or after February 4, 2020.

Prevent Medicare fraud — become an informed Medicare consumer

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Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1–7, 2020, non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you protect yourself and prevent fraud by taking advantage of your rights and making better, more informed choices.

Here are some things you can do to prevent Medicare fraud and become an informed Medicare consumer:

  • Know your rights: As a person with Medicare, you have certain rights and protections to help protect you and make sure you get the health care services the law says you can get.

Medicare Part B enrollment: There’s still time to sign up!

Most people get Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) when they turn 65. If you didn’t sign up for Part B then, now’s the time to decide if you want to enroll. During Medicare’s General Enrollment Period (January 1March 31), you can enroll in Part B and your coverage will start July 1.

Deciding to enroll in Part B is an important decision. It depends on the type of coverage you have now. You’ll also want to think about the Part B late enrollment penalty—this lifetime penalty gets added to your monthly Part B premium, and it goes up the longer you wait to sign up. Find out if you should get Part B based on your situation.

Learn how to become an organ donor & save lives

Each day, 20 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. With National Donor Day around the corner, keep in mind that just one person can save up to 8 lives through organ and tissue donation.

Over 80% of people on the transplant list need a kidney transplant, usually due to permanent kidney failure or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Medicare covers kidney transplants for both the person getting the transplant and the donor. If you’re getting the transplant, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor services. You pay nothing if you’re the living donor.

Wear red to fight women’s heart disease

Heart disease claims the life of 1 in 3 women—for some, that woman is their grandmother, mother, sister, wife, or friend. But, heart disease doesn’t have to be a losing battle. On February 7, join the fight against women’s heart disease by dressing in red to support Go Red for Women®.  

Go Red for Women® is the American Heart Association’s movement to end heart disease in women. Heart disease, also referred to as cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of womentaking a life every minute. A healthy heart starts with education so it’s important to know the signs for early detection, understand the risks for prevention, and spread the word about the dangers of heart disease.