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While Medicare is not “free”, those who utilize original Medicare do have lesser-known services potentially included in their coverage, many of which have no out-of-pocket costs, but might come with a caveat. Some of these include:
📌Part A premiums: Medicare Part A is premium-free as long as you paid Medicare payroll taxes during your working years
📌Annual wellness visit: This is available to Medicare recipients as a means to update your plan or to help prevent disease/disability, depending on your health situation
📌Cancer screenings: Medicare helps cover screenings for a variety of cancer types, including lung, cervical and prostate
📌Mental health screenings: You can also receive one alcohol misuse or one depression screening per year
📌Diabetes management training: If diagnosed with diabetes, you receive access to free self-management training on an outpatient basis
Be aware of your benefits: Not all free things are good for you, but when it comes to Medicare, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Don’t let these items pass you by.