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CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
&
Medicare
 You
2012
 
This is theocial U.S. government Medicare handbook:
Open Enrollment now begins October 15 andends December 7 to give you more time tochoose and join a Medicare plan(page 13) What's new(page 4) What Medicare covers (page 31)Your Medicare rights (page 105)
 
Welcome to Medicare & You 2012
Tis is an extraordinary time or health care in our Nations history. We areworking to make sure you have health care you can depend on—care that’socused on you, and is sae, eective, and timely, at a cost you can aord.You may have heard about some o the exciting new changes Medicare has beenmaking to help improve your health care—like more ree preventive servicesand lower prescription drug costs.Tere are some actions you can take right now to help keep yoursel well.Medicare oers a number o preventive services to help keep you healthy and tond diseases early when treatments work best. Look at the checklist on the nextpage and take it with you on your next visit to your doctor or other health careprovider. Use it to review and keep track o the preventive services that are rightor you. Our goal is to help you achieve better health, better care, and lowercosts.One important new Medicare benet—oered ree o charge—is the Yearly “Wellness” visit. Tis is a chance or you and your doctor or other healthcare provider to review your health and talk about what you can do to stay ashealthy as you can. o help you gure out what can help you stay well, yourclinician may ask you to answer a short questionnaire called a Health Risk Assessment, as part o this visit. For more inormation about this and otherimportant preventive services, visitwww.medicare.gov/share-the-health.Tis handbook is the best and ocial source o answers to your Medicarequestions. We also have other helpul resources or you. Visitwww.medicare.gov , or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get specicanswers to your questions. You can also call your local State Health InsuranceAssistance Program (SHIP). Seepages 137–140or the phone number. Or visitthe Administration on Aging atwww.aoa.gov .Yours in good health,Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary U.S. Department o Health and Human ServicesDonald M. Berwick, MDAdministratorCenters or Medicare & MedicaidServices
 
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Preventive Services Checklist
alk with your doctor or other health care provider about which o theseservices are right or you. As part o your Yearly “Wellness” visit, youmay be asked to ll out a Health Risk Assessment to help you gure outwhat to work on to stay healthy. o learn more, visitwww.medicare.gov .
Medicare-Covered Preventive Service I Need(Yes/No)Date LastReceivedNext Date MedicareCovers This Service

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