As summer arrives, make sure you keep your health on track. The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol)
wants you to know that Medicare has you covered for many preventive benefits.
Medicare covers these preventive benefits to help keep you healthy or to find illnesses soon after they
develop. The sooner doctors diagnose a health condition, the easier and less expensive the ailment is to treat.
When you consider your preventive benefits, remember that your personal primary health care physician
should guide your decisions about which tests and screenings you need. Medicare covers many screenings
annually or every two years, but sometimes the coverage depends on your personal health history. Most all of
these tests are covered without you having to pay coinsurance or meet a deductible. That means that you should
incur no out-of-pocket costs most of the time. Again, check with your personal primary care physician.
Medicare may cover screenings for heart diseases, several types of cancer, depression, diabetes, hepatitis,
HIV and osteoporosis – among others. If you need counseling to stop using tobacco or alcohol, Medicare may
cover that service. Even flu and pneumonia vaccines are covered. A comprehensive list is available online at
Ask your doctor about any out-of-pocket costs. Again, the source for these services should be your trusted
physician or someone he refers you to – NOT someone who approaches you out of the blue and offers free
services. As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at (888) 515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0204, from the U.S. Administration for Community
Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects
under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view
or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.