Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY

Annual Wellness Visit

Take another step towards healthy, and we will send you a reward. As a BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Medicare Advantage member, you're eligible to receive a $20 Prepaid Card* when you complete an annual wellness visit with your doctor or an in-home assessment.


What is an annual wellness visit?

The purpose of an annual wellness visit is to create or update your personal wellness plan. They don't cost you anything** and are different than routine physicals because your doctor will:

  • Review your medical history
  • Assess your risk factors
  • Evaluate your physical and mental health
  • Create a personalized wellness plan with you. This includes developing a strategy to manage your health, and planning the preventive services and screenings you may need for the next 5-10 years.

Use our checklist below to help you and your doctor create your plan. Download and print it out so you can have it at your next visit.

Can I schedule an in-home assessment?

You may receive a letter in the mail letting you know you are eligible for an in-home assessment. You'll then receive a call to schedule the visit with one of our nurse practitioners or physician's assistants. If you do not receive a letter, you can request an in-home assessment by calling the customer service number on the back of your member ID card.

Do you have questions?

Call us at the customer service number on the back of your member ID card. 

How to get your Prepaid Card:


Complete your annual wellness visit.

Schedule and complete your annual wellness visit before December 31, 2017. Your doctor will notify us, and you will receive your Medicare Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for your annual wellness visit.


We will mail your Prepaid Card.

It may take 8-10 weeks to receive your Prepaid Card after you get your EOB.


Start using your Prepaid card

You can start using your Prepaid Card immediately after you receive it in the mail --there's no activation process.

Find out your Prepaid Card balance by calling 1-866-453-5071 or visit

Where can I use my Prepaid Card?

You can use your Prepaid Card for healthy purchases at:

  • Grocery stores
  • Fitness stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bookshops
  • and more...

*Cards cannot be used toward Medicare-covered services, such as doctor visits or prescriptions.

*One card per member, per calendar year.

**Annual Wellness visits are at no cost when you use providers in our network.


This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or copayments/coinsurance may change January 1 of each year. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B Premium.

Out-of-network/non-contracted providers are under no obligation to treat BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York members, except in emergency situations. For a decision about whether we will cover an out-of-network service, we encourage you or your provider to ask us for a pre-service organization determination before you receive the service. Please call our customer service number or see your Evidence of Coverage for more information, including the cost-sharing that applies to out-of-network services. 

Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract and enrollment depends on contract renewal.

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Content Last Updated April 4, 2017