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Preventive Care Benefits 101

A preventive approach can help you stay healthy

preventive care 101

As a Blue Cross of Idaho member, you have access to preventive care services available to you at no cost. Preventive care can include exams, screenings and tests that are designed to help you stay healthy by catching any health issues early. Below is an overview of some of the important preventive care benefits that are offered to you.


You have one annual wellness exam available to you at no cost each year. Annual wellness exams can help you and your doctor find any health issues early so that you can know if you need to make any lifestyle changes to stay healthy. Your doctor can also help you schedule any important follow-up tests or screenings that you may need.


Get these screenings regularly so you can catch any health issues that may develop earlier when they are easier to treat:

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Lung cancer screening for participants age 55 and older
  • Screening mammogram
  • Skin cancer prevention counseling


To keep your health in check, here are some screenings that can help you find out if you need to seek more care for certain health problems:

  • Bone density
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Diabetes screening

These preventive services are not a complete list of all the preventive care services that are available to you. To find out more about the preventive care services that are available to you at no cost, log in to your member account at, hover over the Health & Wellness tab, then select Preventive Care Services.

Preventive Health Checklist

Use this checklist to stay up to date on important preventive care screenings you should have regularly.

Check when completed

Annual wellness exam Every 12 months
Blood pressure test At least every year1
Cholesterol test Every 5 years1
Body mass index test Every year
Bone mass measurement Every 1-2 years
Breast cancer screening Ask my doctor
Colon cancer screening Ask my doctor
Diabetes screening (A1C) At least annually1
Flu vaccine Every year
Pneumonia vaccine Once after age 65

1 Your primary care provider (PCP) will help you decide if you need more frequent screenings.
Depending on your health and personal risk factors, your preventive care schedule may differ from the standard recommendations. Talk with your doctor about a schedule that’s best for you. If you have particular risk factors like a chronic disease, obesity, or a family history of a disease, your PCP may recommend additional screenings.

Posted: June 28, 2021