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Living Healthy

Part of leading a healthy lifestyle is engaging in prevention, and visiting your primary care physician (PCP) each year may help prevent or identify health problems

Your CarePlus plan covers one routine annual physical exam at no cost to you. You can get this exam at any time during the year. Also, be sure to talk with your PCP about screenings, medicines and activities that can help improve your health. Some screenings that are endorsed by the United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) to ask or talk to your PCP about include:

Preventive Services/ Screenings* Adults Adults Ages 65+ Additional information
Physical exam and health guidance Includes:
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Body mass index (BMI)
Annually Annually Talk to your doctor about ways to increase physical activity and reduce your risk of falls
Cholesterol/ lipid screening Every 5 years; more often if you are at risk or have above-normal levels1 Every 5 years; more often if you are at risk or have above-normal levels1 9- to 12-hour fast may be required; if you have cardiovascular problems, you may need annual tests
Diabetes screening and tests Every 3 years; more often if you are at risk or have above- normal levels2 Every 3 years; more often if you are at risk or have above- normal levels2 If you have diabetes, the following tests are recommended at least annually: A1C, LDL cholesterol, kidney test, and eye exam
Blood pressure Every 1 – 2 years if normal; more often if you have high blood pressure or diabetes3 Every 1 – 2 years if normal; more often if you have high blood pressure or diabetes3 Normal is considered less than 140/90. Ideal is 120/80
Colorectal cancer screening Depends on screening test4
  • Fecal occult blood test– Annually
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy– Every 5 Years
  • Colonoscopy – Every 10 Years
Depends on screening test4
  • Fecal occult blood test– Annually
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy– Every 5 Years
  • Colonoscopy – Every 10 Years
Talk to your doctor about your risks and which colorectal cancer screening test and schedule are best for you
Bone density test for osteoporosis screening Periodically as directed by your doctor (depending on your risk) Begin at age 65 and older and periodically as directed by your doctor5 Used to detect osteoporosis; may need screening more often after bone fracture and if at high risk for osteoporosis
Routine eye exam Every 1 – 2 years6 Every 1 – 2 years6 Test your vision and screen for glaucoma and macular degeneration – two common, often age-related conditions; if diabetic, test for diabetic retinopathy annually
Influenza virus vaccine (flu) Annually7 Annually7 Annually in the fall or winter
Pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia) Usually once in a lifetime8 Usually once in a lifetime8 A booster shot may be recommended after you get the first shot
Mammogram Annually4 Annually4 Talk with a healthcare provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you

We encourage you to get healthy and live well. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call 1-800-794-5907 (TTY: 711) for more information..

This publication offers general health-related information and is not a substitute for professional healthcare. For individualized medical guidance, talk to your doctor. This publication does not ensure that services will be covered by your plan. Please refer to your Evidence of Coverage for detailed information.