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Preventive care

Prevent illness and disease before they happen to keep you and your family healthy.

What is preventive care?

Preventive care (or preventative care) is meant to help you avoid future illnesses and promote good overall health by visiting your doctor regularly and building healthy habits.

Many people do not take advantage of their health plan's preventive care coverage because they don’t know what it includes or how to access services. We work to make it easier to use your health plan — and even offer rewards for taking care of your health.

Common preventive care services

Many preventive care services are covered by your UCare health plan at no additional out-of-pocket cost. Coverage varies by plan, but here are some common examples:

Annual wellness visits: These yearly visits are designed to monitor your vitals and catch any health problems early, when they're easier to treat. An annual visit also gives you the chance to build a relationship with your primary care doctor.

Cholesterol and blood pressure monitoring: Depending on your age, an annual wellness visit may include checking your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Cancer screenings: Cancer screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, can catch cancer early when it's easier to treat. Ask your doctor what screenings are right for you.

Immunizations: These include vaccinations that are needed yearly such as flu shots, RSV vaccine and COVID-19 boosters and those that are needed much less frequently such as Hepatitis A and B.

Find a primary care doctor to get started

One of the best moves you can make to maintain your health is to find a primary care doctor and set up your annual visit.

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Medicare members

Medicare members can stay well with preventive care visits to catch issues early when they may be more treatable. Your Medicare plan covers many screenings and services at no cost to you. Even better, your plan may reward you for completing certain preventive care activities. Ask your doctor about preventive care to learn what screenings or vaccines are recommended for you. To learn more about what your plan covers, call the customer service number on the back of your UCare member ID card.

UCare Individual & Family Plan members

UCare Individual & Family Plan members have access to high-quality preventive care with in-network providers. This includes immunizations, annual physical exams, screenings for certain types of cancers and more. Learn everything you need to know with this preventive care guide, which includes information on the differences between preventive and diagnostic care.

Medicaid (Medical Assistance) members

Medicaid members can get the most out of their plan by visiting their doctor regularly for annual checkups, vaccines and screenings at no extra cost. Preventive care is important for members of all ages, including children and young adults. Schedule your annual exam today and ask your doctor what screenings are right for you. To learn more about what your plan covers, call the customer service number on the back of your member ID card.

Resources for preventive care

We have resources to support you in taking care of your health and using your health plan’s benefits.

Brook Health Companion app

Reaching your health goals has never been easier. All UCare members can download and use the Brook Health Companion app at no extra cost. Use the app to chat with health coaches, build a personalized diet and exercise plan that works for you and more.

Child and teen checkups

From birth through age 21, all children and teens need annual wellness visits. These screenings help ensure children and teens are healthy and receive all needed immunizations.

Flu vaccines

Getting your flu shot is an easy way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. You can get a flu shot at any in-network doctor, clinic or pharmacy. During flu season, we offer flu shot clinics to make it even easier to get a vaccine near you.

Health Improvement Team

Our diverse team of health improvement specialists provides services related to preventive care that align with your cultural and ethnic background and language preferences. This team can speak to you in your preferred language (whether that’s Spanish, Hmong, Arabic or Somali) and help you get the care you need to stay healthy.

Rewards and incentives

As a member, you can earn rewards when you take important steps to stay healthy, like completing your annual checkup each year. Some members can also earn rewards for completing certain diabetes tests and cancer screenings.