Cheaper Health Screenings Now Possible

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In an article entitled, “New health-care law provides free preventive care for many seniors” by Michelle Andrews, it’s reinforced that preventive health care is important no matter how old you are, but grows increasingly essential. The payoff in terms of prevention in older adults is more obvious and more immediate, geriatrician Peter Hollmann said. Most major cancers that can be tested ahead of time, like breast and colorectal cancer, are diagnosed around age 70, which makes it all the more important for preventive care to be taken seriously.

The government has recognized this aspect of good health and the new health care law will make it “easier and cheaper for seniors to get preventive care.” This include Medicare beneficiaries, who will then be able to “receive for free all preventive services and screenings that receive an A or B recommendation for seniors from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,” which is an independent entity comprised of primary care and prevention experts. Tests include mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings, bone mass measurements and nutritional counseling for people “at risk for diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes.” In addition to covering a health risk assessment and review of functional and cognitive abilities, a free annual wellness visit for Medicare beneficiaries will also be included. “The new law envisions this free visit as an opportunity for seniors to develop a personalized prevention plan with their physician and plot appropriate services and screenings for the next five to 10 years.”

The goal of the new program is to address “physical or mental capacity early on,” so they can identify the issue promptly. As things stand, elderly enrolled in Medicare pay 20 percent of the cost for most covered preventive services, meaning that the price tag connected to better, healthier and longer lives may have stood in the way before. To encourage seniors to take the tests, many people need to be educated about the value of the screening. Home Care Assistance Columbus also hopes seniors will use this opportunity to become better educated about healthy eating, community activities, and fall prevention programs.

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