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Questions & Answers

When am I eligible for the "Welcome to Medicare" visit?

You must have the visit within the first twelve months after you become eligible for Medicare.

How do I go about making an appointment? What do I need to tell my doctor's office?

It is important when you call your provider's office to state you would like an appointment for your "Welcome to Medicare" visit. This allows the scheduler to schedule the visit and other tests Medicare will allow.

How far in advance should I schedule my appointment?

Depending on availability of appointments, it is a good idea to schedule your visit as soon as you know your Medicare eligibility date. Just remember the appointment date must be within the first twelve months of your eligibility date.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my visit?

Your provider may send you a questionnaire to fill out and bring with you to the appointment. It is always a good idea to bring a list of medications you currently take.

What is Medicare's "Annual Wellness Visit"?

If you've had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can come in for an Annual Wellness Visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors.

A few things you should know:

  • Your first Annual Wellness Visit can't take place until 12 months after your "Welcome to Medicare" visit. However, you don't need to have had a "Welcome to Medicare" visit to be covered for annual Wellness visits after you've had Part B for 12 months.
  • When you make your appointment, let your provider's office know you would like to schedule your Medicare Annual Wellness visit.
  • This service is covered once every 12 months.

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