(KPLC) Moving to a Medicare policy can be daunting, and understanding what's covered in your plan can be a key factor in keeping you healthy.
There are two types of insurance under Medicare: Part A is hospital insurance and Part B is medical insurance.
After a year on Medicare Part B, patients are eligible for a free wellness exam. This exam will take height, weight, and BMI measurements and include a vision, hearing, cognitive, depression and balance test.
Dr. Steve Springer, a family medicine specialist, says these basic tests can lead to other preventative exams.
"In an exam, everything we measure for a patient is not so objective or a number or a blood pressure," Dr. Springer says. "A lot of times it's how people are feeling or very subtle things that change over time like memory. So, because we're getting those every year, we're able to more accurately determine things that aren't so easy to measure.