Preventive care is important to staying healthy.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care includes care that helps you stay in control of your health. These services include yearly doctor visits, flu shots, and, in most cases, also includes tests like colonoscopies, mammograms and pap smears. They’re called preventive because they can help you avoid potential health problems or find problems early when they are easier to treat.
Plus, staying up to date on preventive care can help keep you happy and healthy. Preventive care is included as a benefit in your health plan, which means it is no cost to you.
Preventive care is included as a benefit, which means we pay the cost in full. Get a complete list of preventive care services in the Preventive Health Care Guidelines.
Preventive care includes:
- Routine physical exams
- Flu shots
- Cholesterol and diabetes screening labs
- Help quitting tobacco
- Pap and HPV tests*
- Maternity care for pregnant women
- Well-child visits (routine checkups with your child's doctor)
- Vaccines (shots or immunizations) for chicken pox, the flu and more
- Lead screening
- Developmental screening
Preventive care for children
Your child should receive regular well-child visits from birth through early adulthood. These help make sure they are happy and healthy at every age. As your child grows, the amount of well-child visits will change. So will the reason for scheduling the visit. Well-child visits are included in your plan, at no cost to you. Call your child's primary care doctor today to schedule an appointment.
Here's what you can expect at a well-child visit with your child's doctor:
- Track your child's health and development
- Check height and weight
- Offer a lead poisoning test
- Give immunizations
- Address age-specific learning, or behavioral or mental health concerns
Well-child visits can vary depending on your child's age. See what you can expect at a well-child visit for your child's age group.
Lead poisoning tests
Your plan includes lead poisoning screenings for children under two years old. Lead is a toxic chemical that is harmful to the body, especially in children. Unfortunately, it can be found in many environments. The screening is easy and free, meaning no cost to you. And completing this important screening also makes you eligible for a $10 prepaid Visa® card.** You can call your child's doctor. Or contact your local Health Department or WIC office to schedule a screening.
Learn more about childhood lead exposure.
Looking for a new primary care doctor (PCP)?
Log in to your member account to use our Find a Doctor tool to find the best fit.
Need a ride to or from an appointment?
You have transportation options available to you. You may also qualify for reimbursement if you drive yourself. Call us at 888.975.8102 (TTY users call 711) Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or learn more about our transportation services.
For a complete list of preventive care services offered, including coverage for important immunizations, you can check out our Preventive Health Care Guidelines.
* Learn more about cervical cancer risk factors and prevention.
**Complete a lead poisoning test for your child before your child’s second birthday. Gift card will be mailed. Please allow four months for processing.
Use your prepaid Visa card for groceries and other items within six months of getting it to avoid paying fees. The prepaid Visa card is not redeemable for cash or usable at any ATM. Terms and conditions apply to the card. Subject to applicable law, a monthly maintenance fee of $3 (USD) applies but is waived for the first six months after the card is issued. Your card is a prepaid card issued by MetaBankTM pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Cards can be used at any store that accepts Visa debit cards.
Where can I find more information?
Please reference the Member Handbook and Certificate of Coverage for more detailed information.