During the first five months of 2012, 50,975 people in Idaho who are on Medicare got at least one preventive-care service, according to the state Department of Insurance.
There were 214,381 people in Idaho enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B as of 2010, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Of those who took advantage of preventive-care benefits in the first five months of 2012, only 5,050 got a yearly physical.
The department is urging more people to use the services, which are provided to Medicare beneficiaries with no deductible or copay. The no-cost services include annual physicals, cancer screenings, mammograms and tobacco cessation counseling.
Call the department's Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) office at (800) 247-4422 for more information.