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Overview of Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit

Elycia Arendt

Medicare Annual Wellness VisitDid you know that Medicare pays for several preventive services at no cost to Medicare recipients? Services such as: exams, shots, lab tests, and screenings, as well as health monitoring, counseling and education? It's true and the first step is an Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), a benefit resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

The Annual Wellness Visit takes place at an individual's primary care provider and is covered once every 12 months after the first year of Medicare coverage (11 full months must have passed since the last visit). The Annual Wellness Visit aims to prevent the onset of disease and disability or to slow the progression of existing illnesses. 

The Annual Wellness Visit is covered by Medicare. There are no deductibles, coinsurance or copayments. (Please note that if a doctor or other health care provider performs additional tests or services during the same visit that aren’t covered under these preventive benefits, Medicare recipients may have to pay coinsurance, and the Part B deductible may apply.)

To help answer the most commonly asked questions about Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit, Novu has created this video overview.


  • What is the Annual Wellness Visit? 
  • Why should I go? 
  • What what information will I learn from it?
  • How is it different than the "Welcome to Medicare" visit? 
  • What is the "Health Risk Assessment" questionnaire? 
  • What is a Personalized Prevention Plan?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How often can I go?