Preventive care more important than ever

July 16, 2020

Don’t neglect your health. Seeing a doctor regularly for preventive care can help detect health concerns before they become a problem.

In a short time, COVID-19 has changed many aspects of daily life, such as how we interact with one another, how we work, how we shop, and even how we think about the future. And taking care of ourselves and our loved ones has become more important than ever. That includes getting recommended preventive care.

Many doctors are now providing preventive services virtually using telecommunications technology such as Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, so you don’t even have to leave home for the care you need. Whether in-person or virtual, don’t delay; make that appointment today.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical exams can identify major health concerns, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, before they start. And while having a physical is always important, it’s even more essential now since people with undiagnosed, untreated chronic medical conditions are more likely to become severely ill if they contract acute diseases like COVID-19 and seasonal flu.

Medical Plan preventive benefits

All three Medical Plan options (PPO, EPO, and HDHP)* provide 100 percent coverage (no deductibles, copays, or copayments apply) for annual wellness exams with a network primary care doctor. Immunizations listed on the 2020 Preventive Schedule along with health screenings at the intervals on the schedule are also 100 percent covered when you use network providers. Keep in mind, too, that having a physical is a required challenge for Call to Health, so be sure to log on to the Call to Health website and record the date of your exam.

Medicare Supplement Plan preventive benefits

If you’re enrolled in the Medicare Supplement Plan, Medicare provides certain preventive care benefits, including an annual wellness visit with a participating provider, as well as many health screenings and immunizations. Through Medicare Supplement, you have a $125 preventive allowance that you can use toward the cost of any routine screenings associated with your annual wellness visit that are not fully covered by Medicare. Learn more about Medicare Supplement.

*Those enrolled in Triple-S and GeoBlue also have preventive care benefits under their plans, but coverage details may differ. Consult your plan’s provisions for details.