Well care — often called preventive care — is health care to help prevent health problems. Well care includes ways to measure your individual health during checkups with your primary care provider (PCP) and from screenings. It also includes getting vaccines, such as receiving a flu shot each year.1, 2

Keeping current with care

Even when you feel well, it’s good to see your PCP for regular checkups. These routine visits may help you avoid health problems down the road. At these checkups, your PCP may:2

Look for signs of a health condition. For instance, they may check your temperature and blood pressure.

Look for factors that may be putting you at risk for a health condition. Such factors include obesity and high cholesterol.

Give you certain vaccines, if needed.

Discuss ways to live a healthy life. They might suggest a healthy diet and exercise.

Answer your questions, such as about medicines you’re taking.

Your PCP may also want to check your health through other tests. They may want you to screen for certain conditions, like:2

Breast, cervical, or ovarian cancer

Colon cancer


High cholesterol

HIV, gonorrhea, or other sexually transmitted infections


Ask your PCP how often you should see them for a routine checkup.

Noticing the little things

You may also help prevent health problems by noticing even small changes in your body. Call or arrange to see your PCP soon if you:2

Find changes to your skin or develop sores

Find a lump anywhere on your body

Lose weight without changing your diet or exercise

Get a fever, cough, or body aches that do not go away

Find changes or blood in your urine or stool

AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC) works with providers to help prevent enrollee illnesses through checkups, screenings, and other services. If you are an AmeriHealth Caritas DC enrollee and have questions about your preventive care benefits, call Enrollee Services at 202-408-4720 or 1-800-408-7511.


#BestMe: Well Care for Kids

Well care is not just for adults! Regular checkups are a healthy practice for kids, too.

Did you know?

Children under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid have the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. EPSDT provides comprehensive and preventive health care.3

EPSDT helps youth get appropriate screening, diagnostic, and treatment services. These may include:3

Physical checkups

Dental checkups and other services

Vision checkups and eyeglasses

Hearing tests and hearing aids

Screenings, such as lead toxicity screening

Diagnostic services, if a screening suggests the need

Treatment for conditions found through screening and diagnostic services

Appropriate vaccines

Health education, such as learning about accident and disease prevention

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The information in this article is to help you learn more about this topic. It is not to take the place of your health care provider. If you have questions, talk with your health care provider. If you think you need to see your health care provider because of something you have read in this information, please contact your health care provider. Never stop or wait to get medical attention because of something you have read in this material.


1“Preventive Services,” HealthCare.gov, https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/preventive-services.

2“Preventive Health Care,” MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001921.htm.

3“Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment,” Medicaid.gov, https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/early-and-periodic-screening-diagnostic-and-treatment/index.html.

All images are used under license for illustrative purposes only. Any individual depicted is a model.

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