The first step is: see your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year for an annual physical. He or she can tell you what screening tests you need.
Have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or cancer? Your PCP will want to know that. He or she may have advice on how to lower your risk of developing chronic conditions. Unfortunately, risk goes up with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 71% of Connecticut residents ages 65 and older have two or more chronic conditions.
Are you up to date on your preventive care?
Preventive care includes exams, tests and shots to help you avoid disease or illness. Ask your doctor if you’re due for a:
- Colon cancer screening
- Flu, pneumonia, and shingles shots
- Cholesterol screening (high levels can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke)
- Diabetes screening
- Bone mineral density test (it can detect osteoporosis)
- Breast cancer screening
Your ConnectiCare membership agreement has a detailed list of covered preventive services. It includes age and gender requirements, and frequency limitation rules.
ConnectiCare, Inc. is an HMO/HMO-POS plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in ConnectiCare depends on contract renewal.