Under the Federal Affordable Care Act, you can qualify for various preventive services, if you enroll in Original Medicare program. Vermont preventive benefits include many services such as wellness visits, health counseling, Immunizations and a range of screenings for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and other serious illnesses.
Adult Immunization services include vaccine shots for the prevention of diseases like Hepatitis A and B, Influenza, Mumps, Measles, Rubella, pneumonia, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, chickenpox, Herpes and HPV. These services are covered by Medicare Part B, once in fall or winter, during flu season.
These services include blood pressure tests; screening of cholesterol for men aged 35 or older, women aged 45 or older and young adults, who are at more risk; diabetes type 2 screening for Individuals having high blood pressure; screenings for HIV and STIs, for those at higher risk. Part B of Medicare covers for two fasting glucose tests every year, i.e. HIV screenings and screenings for lipid and cholesterol levels, every five years.
These include counseling for prevention of breast cancer for women at high risk; mammography tests for women aged 40 and older, every one or two years; screening for cervical cancer in women, including pelvic exams and pap tests; screenings for colorectal cancer. Medicare Part B plan covers screenings for mammography and diagnostic tests, screenings for cervical cancer for all women, every two years and once every year for those at high risk.
Counseling services are also provided to the patients by doctors, on several health issues such as alcohol misuse, healthy diet, depression, weight loss, tobacco use, prevention of STIs and cardiovascular diseases.
Preventive care services are also provided for children, newborns and adolescents, which include screenings for hypothyroidism, autism screening for 18 to 24 months old children, behavioral assessment, obesity counseling and screening for children aged 6 or older, hearing, dental and vision screenings.