Medicare Preventive Services

Under the Affordable Care Act, if you have Original Medicare, you may qualify for a yearly wellness visit and many preventive services for free.

What This Means for You

As of January 1, 2011, many preventive services are covered under Medicare if you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts assignment.

Annual Wellness Visits: If you are new to Medicare, your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit is now covered without cost sharing during your first 12 months of Part B coverage. This exam is a one-time review of your health as well as education and counseling about preventive services and other care. If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. .

Several preventive services that qualify are listed below:

Some Important Details

  • For some preventive services, you will pay nothing. You may have to pay co-insurance (a part of the cost) for the office visit when you get these services.
  • Your first yearly wellness visit can’t take place within 12 months of your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit.
  • If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, check with your plan to see if these benefits will also be free for you.
  • Learn more about Medicare preventive services.

Content last reviewed on May 1, 2014