Health Benefits

Embrace Lifelong Wellness With Preventive Care

Dr. Julia Logan

If you’re one of our 1.5 million members with CalPERS health benefits, you likely already know that preventive care services are covered at 100% for Basic plan members when using doctors in your network. If you’re a Medicare member, the benefit coverage varies.

But did you know that even without obvious symptoms, illness can develop?

“Preventive care isn’t about responding to illness once it’s detected, and it’s not calling your doctor only when something’s wrong,” said CalPERS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julia Logan. “Preventive care keeps you in the driver’s seat and helps you — and your doctor — make the most informed decisions regarding your health.”

Understanding Preventive Care

The core idea behind preventive care is the same whether you’re covered through a Basic plan or Medicare — illness prevention is better than illness cure.

An annual physical and regular health screenings increase the likelihood of detecting issues early and deliver useful insights into your body’s wellbeing and overall health.

These visits allow you and your doctor to craft a personalized health plan and make adjustments to your lifestyle or treatment.

Why Regular Screenings Matter

Even without symptoms, illness can develop. Regular screenings are your doctor’s tools for catching these signs, increasing the chances of successful treatment. These screenings might include blood tests, X-rays, and other diagnostic tools like colonoscopies, recommended based on factors like age and medical history, rather than symptoms.

Maximize Your Health Appointments

To get the most out of each medical appointment:

  • Consider Your Health History: Note any changes in your health since your last visit, including new medications, supplements, or health concerns. Doctors and health care providers rely on this information to better deliver care customized to you.
  • Stay Informed About Necessary Screenings: Depending on your age, gender, and health conditions, your doctor may recommend specific screenings. Here’s a guide to help you discuss with your doctor what might be appropriate.
Adults Children
Cholesterol screening Blood pressure check
Colorectal cancer screening Depression screening
Depression screening Eye chart test for vision
Type 2 diabetes screening Hearing screening
Eye chart test for vision Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) check
Hearing screening
Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) check
Breast cancer screenings, including doctor exam and mammogram
Blood pressure screening
Aortic aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have smoked
Bone density test to screen for osteoporosis for women

Stay Proactive With Preventive Care

Preventive care proactively encourages better health outcomes for you. By engaging with your health care providers and staying informed about the screenings and tests relevant to you and your family, you can pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilling life. Remember, early detection is key to preventing major health issues down the line.