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How to Make the Most of Your Medicare Benefits

Start reaping the benefits of your new healthcare plan.

By Clover Health

It’s a new year, so it’s time to start making the most of your Medicare benefits. Start here with these tips and to-dos! 

Connect With Your Dr. Right

Think of your doctors as your partners in health. They’ll work with you to assess your overall wellness, track any concerning changes, and help you stay ahead of medical problems.

Want to change doctors or don’t currently have a doctor who accepts Medicare? Search for physicians at medicare.gov. Clover Health members can search for in-network providers here

Related: The Importance of a Primary Care Physician and How to Find One

Get Your Meds by Mail

Many people enrolled in Medicare use a mail-order pharmacy service, which lets you receive up to a 100-day supply of medicine directly to your home or wherever you choose. You’ll save time and avoid the hassle of going out to the pharmacy. Plus, the service helps you keep up with your medication by making sure you don’t run out. Contact your plan to ask about mail-order pharmacy options. 

Related: How Prescription Delivery Works and the Many Benefits for Seniors

Stay a Step Ahead with Preventive Care 

Exams, screenings, and tests that detect health problems early—before they are harder to treat or cure—are called preventive care. Vaccines, wellness programs, and checkups are also considered preventive. With the help of these powerful tools, you and your doctor can spot red flags and treat them as early as possible.

Medicare pays for many types of preventive services—that means they are available at no cost to you. Common preventive care services are listed below. Speak with your doctor about the right options for you. 

Yearly Wellness Visit

Cancer Screenings 

  • Breast cancer screening 
  • Cervical cancer screening 
  • Colorectal cancer screening 
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Skin cancer prevention

Health Screenings

  • Bone density test 
  • Cholesterol assessment 
  • Diabetes screening 

Vaccines                        

Are You Making the Most of Your Medicare Coverage?

From fitness benefits with SilverSneakers to prescription delivery services, Medicare benefits are available in many aspects of your health pursuits.

If you’re a Clover member, you can learn more about supplemental benefits here or call 1-888-778-1478 (TTY 711). Clover Health is available 8 am—8 pm local time, seven days a week. From April 1 through September 30, alternate technologies (for example, voicemail) will be used on the weekends and holidays. 

This article was originally published in the Winter 2022 issue of Clover Living magazine. If you aren't already subscribed, sign up here for your free subscription! 

 

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