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Prevention is Key!

Prevention is Key!

Posted: August 13, 2021

AUGUST 2021

PREVENTION IS KEY!

 

Preventive services are important because they can help keep you from getting sick and find health problems early. That is why WEA-MedPlus always covers your physical, hearing and vision exams every year!


Did you know that Medicare only covers one (1) physical exam during your lifetime? It’s called your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit and it must be covered within the first 12 months that you have Part B. After this initial physical, Medicare will only cover annual Wellness Checks. These wellness checks help your doctor assess your potential risk factors; however, they do not provide a full, extensive exam. With WEA-MedPlus, we cover a full physical exam every year. Physical exams are an important way to check your vital signs, as well as:

  • Height, weight, BMI
  • Blood pressure
  • Exams for your head, neck, lungs, abdominal area, reflexes and a neurological exam
  • Review medical and family history, along with your risk factors for preventable diseases

Another important point to keep in mind is that Medicare only covers preventive lab work (cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels) once every five (5) years. However, WEA-MedPlus will cover this lab work every year at 100%! These tests can help determine your risk level for cardiovascular disease, stroke or heart attack, so keeping track of these numbers is important for your overall health.

 

WEA-MedPlus also covers a hearing exam every year at 100%. This includes the diagnostic tests to establish or confirm hearing loss and determine the cause. Medicare does not cover a hearing exam, but with WEA-MedPlus you are covered!

 

Medicare does not cover a vision exam, however WEA-MedPlus will cover your annual preventive vision exam for a $10 copay. WEA-MedPlus goes even further and includes a full vision plan along with your medical coverage! Find out all the specifics about our vision plan here.

 

Getting the Shingles vaccine is another preventative measure you can take to keep yourself healthy. Medicare doesn’t cover the Shingles vaccine; however, your Part D plan will cover some of the costs. Just fill out and submit our Member Reimbursement Claim Form and your WEA-MedPlus plan will cover the remaining costs!

 

The Trust wants you to be healthy and happy. That is why we take preventive services seriously and make sure they are included in our WEA-MedPlus plan.

 

Here’s to staying healthy and getting those annual check-ups with no worries!

 


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