A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. A great time to choose to take better care of yourself. That’s one of the big reasons so many of us set New Year’s resolutions.
If you changed Medicare health or drug plans for 2022, your new coverage begins January 1. Start the new year off right by learning about your new Medicare coverage, costs and the preventive services Medicare covers.
Preventive care services can consist of exams, shots, lab tests, and screenings, as well as counseling, health monitoring, and health education to help you understand and promote your health and well being. Preventive services are key to maintaining your wellbeing; they keep you from getting sick and help find health problems early.
Here are some of the biggest changes Medicare customers should know about preventive services for 2022.
Coverage of COVID-19 Items and Services
Since many Medicare customers are at high risk for contracting a serious case of COVID-19, there are more coverage options related to this illness. You can receive coverage on preventative measures, testing, and some treatments for this virus.
Medicare will cover FDA-authorized vaccines that significantly reduce your risk of coronavirus. You pay nothing for the vaccine as long as you carry your Medicare card to the doctor’s office or pharmacy where you get the shot. The vaccine works with the body’s natural defenses to help provide immunity to the virus.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19, Medicare will also pay for FDA-authorized tests. These tests can be taken in your local area. You will pay nothing to find out if your test comes back positive or negative.
Lastly, Medicare may pay for monoclonal antibody treatments if you’re sick with COVID-19. This is aimed at people who test positive with mild to moderate symptoms. There are certain qualifications to receive this treatment, so you will have to discuss with your doctor if the treatment is right for you.
Coverage of Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services
The next time you visit the doctor for a wellness check, they may also perform a cognitive assessment that’s covered by Medicare. These assessments are performed by doctors and specialists to look for signs of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
With Medicare, you can now receive coverage for a full review of your cognitive function. This appointment can be used to establish or confirm a diagnosis and develop a care plan. You may be referred to a specialist or community resources depending on the status of your condition.
Doctors must evaluate potential symptoms and rule them out against other conditions like depression or anxiety. There are several symptoms they look for that are related to cognitive impairment. Some of them include having trouble:
- Remembering things;
- Learning new things;
- Managing finances, and;
- Making decisions about everyday life.
Coverage of Blood-Based Biomarker Test for Colorectal Cancer
Medicare is offering some new coverage in relation to colorectal cancer screenings. The goal is to help customers get diagnosed early when treatment is more effective.
Now, you have the option of doing a blood-based biomarker test. This test is covered in certain cases once every three years. If your doctor or other health care provider deem you eligible, then you pay nothing.
In order to qualify, you must:
- Be between the age of 60 and 85;
- Show no symptoms of colorectal disease, and;
- Carry average risk for developing colorectal cancer.
Using preventive services to stay healthy and understanding how your coverage works is a great way to kick off your new year. Being confident in your plan choice is also very important. If you have questions, reach out to us for clear answers. Call us toll free at (866) 235-8378 or click here to email us your name and phone number for us to call you. Calls are not recorded and your information is confidential.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2022!