As you probably know by now, most people when they turn 65 get Medicare Part A for free, but that is not where the perks end. There are a few “Welcome to Medicare” perks that you should know to make your transition into Medicare a better experience.
Updated Nov 2017 to reflect new information.
Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit
In the first 12 months that you are in enrolled in Medicare you get a free “Welcome to Medicare” wellness visit. Here are some of the $0 preventive services you can expect during your visit:
- Simple vision test for glaucoma and other eye problems (remember Medicare does not cover eye glass exams)
- Measure your body bass index (BMI)
- Screenings for such things as diabetes and cardiovascular issues
- Talk to you about creating an advance directive
One Time Medigap Guaranteed Enrollment
Most people will only have one Medicare Supplement plan (Medigap) guaranteed enrollment period in which they don’t have to answer any medical questions. This 6-month period starts when you turn 65 and are first eligible for Medicare Part B. At this time, you can enroll in any Medigap plan available in your area and cannot be turned down.
“Welcome to Medicare” Medigap Discounts
On top of being able to enroll in Medigap without having to worry about any preexisting conditions you can also get “Welcome to Medicare” discounts which lower your premium when you first enroll. Some of the insurance providers that have offered “Welcome to Medicare” discounts on some of there plans are Anthem , Blue Shield and United Healthcare.
As you can see there are some serious perks for turning 65, besides those discounts at Lenny’s, oh, sorry, Denny’s. To learn more about “Welcome to Medicare” perks call 800-930-7956 or click here to get a Medicare Insurance quote.