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Welcome to Medicare Visit

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Medicare covers a one-time preventive visit with a doctor as a welcome to Medicare. The welcome visit offers time to spend with your doctor to go over any questions you may have and to be screened for various potential health problems.

This Welcome to Medicare visit is an important benefit in which you can discuss any problems with your doctor and go over your medical history. Everyone enrolled in Medicare Part B has access to this free visit within the first 12 months of enrolling in Medicare.


There is no cost for this visit under Medicare as long as your healthcare provider accepts Assignment.

What to Know

Make sure to come with questions ready and with your medical history handy. This is a time to tell your doctor about any problems, large or small, you have been experiencing.

For the Welcome to Medicare visit, be sure to bring:

  • Your medical records
  • Your immunization records
  • Your family health history
  • A list of prescriptions and other medications you are taking, including how often you take them and for what reason
  • Any other important information about your health

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Medicare is regulated by the federal government. However, private insurance companies are allowed to offer various parts of Medicare, and these plans can differ from state to state.

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