All patients that are covered by Medicare are entitled to a “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit and yearly wellness exams.
- The “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit: This visit is covered in the first 12 months of your active Medicare Part B coverage, but you are not required to have this visit to be eligible for yearly wellness exams. This visit is only covered one time.
- Yearly Wellness Exam: These visits are covered once every 12 months and you can begin getting them once you have had Medicare Part B for over 12 months.
- You pay nothing for the “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit or the yearly wellness exam. The Part B deductible does not apply.
- Exclusion: If your provider performs additional services at this visit, you may be entitled to pay coinsurance and the Part B deductible may apply.
For more information about the “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit, click here.