50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #33:
Improve beneficiary education on low-to-no cost preventive services and screenings

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, many preventive screenings were not covered by Medicare. Now, not only are certain preventive services covered, most of the time they are covered without cost sharing. Unfortunately, too many Medicare beneficiaries remain unaware of the preventive services now available to them. At the same time, many are uninformed about when cost sharing might apply, such as when a screening test automatically leads to a diagnostic procedure. The federal government should work with physicians and consumer advocates to ensure people with Medicare have the right information about preventive coverage and benefits.