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REMINDER: Schedule Your Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare has recognized the importance of preventative care and your Medicare Benefits now cover an "Annual Wellness Visit." Your physician will talk to you about this new benefit and encourage you to schedule an "Annual Wellness Visit."

This visit is not the same thing as your Annual Physical Exam. First of all, there's no copay. Secondly, the goal of this visit is to help your doctor better understand your medical history and your potential risk factors for illness.

It's important that you schedule your Annual Wellness Visit is in addition to your Annual Physical Exam. Some primary care physicians will allow you to schedule your Annual Wellness Visit back-to-back to your Annual Physical Exam. Please ask your doctor's office. Contact your primary care physician and make your appointment today.

For more information about Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit go to: www.medicare.gov/coverage/preventive-and-screening-services.html You can contact 1-800-MEDICARE with any questions.