What is Preventive Care?

A doctor isn’t just someone you see when you get sick. Preventive care helps you and your family stay healthy. Preventive health services include preventive screenings, vaccines, diet and exercise management and more.

Here’s a list of preventive services that will be covered at no extra cost under most insurance plans starting in 2015.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked

Alcohol misuse screening and counseling

Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages

Blood pressure screening for all adults

Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk

Colorectal cancer screening for adults over 50

Depression screening for adults

Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure

Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease

HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk

Immunization vaccines for adults – doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Influenza (flu shot)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
  • Varicella

Obesity screening and counseling for all adults

Sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk

Syphilis screening for all adults at higher risk

Tobacco use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users