Preventive Services to Help You Stay Well

At UPMC Health Plan, we believe the disease or condition that’s easiest to treat is the one you never get. That’s why we cover so many preventive services for children and adults at 100 percent, which means you pay nothing.

These services fall into three categories:

  • Screenings*
  • Immunizations/Vaccines
  • Health exams

Common adult screenings include well-visits, breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, and colorectal cancer screenings. Common adult immunizations include the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and those for the flu and shingles. If you have children covered under your plan, they’ll be covered at 100 percent for a variety of screenings and immunizations.

During a routine exam covered at 100 percent, your doctor may find something requiring follow-up care. What then? Here’s a good rule of thumb: (1) If your routine preventive service leads to the need for follow-up care, or (2) if you’re being treated for injury or illness, those services will likely be covered, but not at 100 percent.

For a list of preventive services your plan covers at no cost to you, log in to MyHealth OnLine and click on the Plan Documents tab or review your Schedule of Benefits.

View Preventive Guidelines for Adults and Children

 

Myth: You don't need a flu shot

Don’t listen to the rumors. Here’s the truth: The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated.

Even if you’re healthy, you can get very sick from the flu and spread the virus to others. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everyone 6 months and older to get an annual flu shot.

If five percent more people get the flu shot this year, nearly 500,000 cases of the flu could be prevented.

Go to your doctor’s office or a participating pharmacy**—including Giant Eagle and Rite Aid—to get your flu shot. When you show your health care member ID card, your shot will be free.

If you get your shot at another location and have to pay for it, we will reimburse you. All you have to do is fill out and submit the reimbursement form.

**Pennsylvania pharmacies, by state law, are only permitted to administer the flu vaccine to children age 9 and older.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lung cancer testing for people at high risk

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. Low-dose computerized tomography (CT) is a new screening* test that can improve lung cancer survival rates by finding signs of the disease at an earlier stage. Finding cancer early makes it easier to cure. Doctors use a low-dose CT scan of the lungs to look for signs of lung cancer.

Older adults who have smoked for a long time should get this test. Learn more about the screening and see if you should be tested.

Myhealthfinder tool

Want personalized recommendations to help you take charge of your health? Use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ myhealthfinder tool below. Enter your information and click on the “get started” button to find out which preventive services you should consider this year.

*The medical term for testing to find a disease before it causes symptoms

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