Medicare Part B allows for Wellness Checks

Medicare Part B covers many, many preventive benefits, but a good place to start is your primary care physician for a wellness visit.

If you’ve had Medicare Part B for more than a year, you can get an annual wellness visit to update your personalized plan to help prevent disease and disability. The wellness visit is provided at no additional cost to you. However, you may have charges for tests that your doctor may order.

During a wellness visit, your provider will conduct a health risk assessment to help develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy.

Your visit may include a review of your medical and family history; a review of other providers and prescriptions; height, weight, blood pressure, and assessments; personalized health advice; risk factors and treatment options; and a screening schedule for appropriate preventive services. You can get details about coverage for screenings, shots, and other preventive services.

Your provider will look for signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. If your provider thinks you may have cognitive impairment, Medicare covers a separate visit to do a more thorough review. Going to your primary doctor will help ensure that you get the medical care you need without you or Medicare being charged for unnecessary tests or services. You should always consult your primary care doctor before you receive any preventive benefits.

As always, if you suspect you are the victim of Medicare fraud or abuse, call the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol at (888) 515-6565.

Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest Launch

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is launching the 13th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture photo contest. The Department is asking Missourians to share their agriculture story through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 10th, is an opportunity for photographers across the state to submit their best images of Missouri agriculture. That image may take shape through a breathtaking farm landscape, an aerial shot of harvest, a farm tractor that has been in the family for years or a fun moment showcasing farm life.

“Our annual photo contest gives Missouri’s farmers and ranchers a creative way to tell their stories,” Said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Being able to showcase the legacy and variety of Missouri agriculture, through pictures, is powerful. We’re excited to kick off the contest once again.”

The Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest is open to Missouri photographers of all ages. Participants may enter up to three photos in each of the five categories. The photo contest categories are Beauty of the Farm, Faces of the Farm, The Farmer’s Life and Pride of the Farm. Children’s Barnyard, a special category for budding photographers ages 12 and under, is back again this year.

Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content, and image quality.

The contest offers prizes to win, thanks to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Grown program. The Best in Show winner, along with the first-place winner in each category, will receive a prize and a high quality canvas print of their photo.

Winners will be announced in early July and winning images will be displayed during the Missouri State Fair in the Agriculture Building, Aug. 11-22, 2022.

To submit your photos, go to Agriculture.Mo.Gov/focus and complete the online form. A complete list of rules and guidelines can be found on the same page. Photos submitted to the contest will be showcased on the department’s Flickr stream. Photos must be submitted by June 10.

More information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs is available online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.