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n Financial Affairs TAKING CHARGE Medicare Preventive Screening WELCOME TO MEDICARE EXAM A one-time Welcome to Medicare Exam is now provided within the first 6 months after you sign up for Medicare Part B. (After 6 months, Medicare will not pay for this check-up). You pay 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount after you meet the Part B deductible. If seeing a new doctor be sure to bring your health records including immunizations, your family history and the list of prescriptions as well as a schedule of when the prescribed medi- cations are taken. The exam will cover a review of your medical history, blood pressure, vision and other preventative screenings. The doctor will also provide you with a checklist explaining a schedule of preventative screenings that you should receive. OTHER PREVENTIVE SERVICES COVERED BY MEDICARE Other preventive services covered either in part or in full by Medicare include cardiovascular screen- ings, various types of cancer screenings, flu shots, bone mass measurements (screenings for osteo- porosis), diabetes screenings, and glaucoma tests. There are specific guidelines including frequency and types of testing. For more specific informa- tion about preventive services covered by Medi- care you may call Medicare Customer Service at 800-633-4227 or access the information online at Cost: Most Medicare Beneficiaries will pay www.medicare.gov. $104.90 monthly (plus a $147 deductible fee one MEDICARE CLAIM ACCURACY time per calendar year). You also pay 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount after you meet Be sure you are billed only for the care you re- the deductible. This is the 2014 amount and will ceived. If you have tried to correct a bill with the change January 1, 2015. This amount may be health care provider or supplier who submitted the higher if you did not choose Part B when you were claim and suspect fraud or abuse has occurred, call first eligible. The cost of Part B may go up ten per- the Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline cent for each 12-month period that you could have at 800-447-8477. had Part B but did not take it. DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS If your income exceeds $85,000 for a single person ABOUT MEDICARE? and $170,000 for a couple, your Medicare Part B If you have further questions about Medicare, Premium will be higher than $104.90. Medicare Customer Service at 800-633-4227 for Enrolling in Part B is your choice. If you choose to information regarding Medicare rights. have Part B, the premium is usually taken out of your monthly Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Medicaid (Washington Apple Health) or Civil Service Retirement payment. Otherwise This federal assistance program provides funding Medicare sends you a bill for your Part B premium for low-income people (including many people every three months. You should get your Medicare who never imagined they would qualify for Med- premium bill by the tenth of the month. If you have icaid, but have had their savings drained because not received your bill by the tenth of the month, of health expenses, and thereby are eligible) to pay call Social Security. for medical and long-term care in-home services. 12


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