BATON ROUGE, La. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Louisiana, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., (NYSE: WCG), will offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2017 designed to help older adults get and stay healthy, with more benefits and services than Original Medicare and an emphasis on preventive health measures.
"WellCare's Medicare Advantage plans are designed to help seniors in Louisiana get and stay healthy," said Anthony Valdés, WellCare's vice president of market performance. "We have a strong network of providers and hospitals, and $0 copays for the additional benefits our plans offer because we recognize that many older adults are living on fixed incomes."
During the 2017 Open Enrollment Period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2016, those who are Medicare eligible will be able to select WellCare plans that offer a $0 monthly premium combined with extra benefits beyond those offered by Original Medicare. All plans offer hearing, vision and dental coverage.
In addition, some plans also offer:
- Health club memberships.
- Complimentary transportation to medical appointments.
- A monthly allowance to help purchase needed over-the-counter health items, such as vitamins, toothbrushes and pain relievers.
- $0 copay for primary care visits to ensure members are able to build and maintain a strong relationship with their doctor, which is a key component of health.
WellCare's Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans feature a unified national pharmacy network with key national retailers, including CVS, Walgreens and Walmart*. This simplified benefit design allows a member to pay the same cost share per medication at all network pharmacies.
Customer service representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST seven days a week to help members with questions about their coverage and medications. In addition, WellCare offers an online formulary tool for members and those interested in its plans to look up drugs, coverage options and formulary alternatives. For more information about WellCare Medicare Advantage plans, go to http://bit.ly/WellCareLA.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 10,000 Medicare Advantage members and 25,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Louisiana.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
WellCare (HMO) - Medicare Advantage
WellCare (HMO) is Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in WellCare (HMO) depends on contract renewal. 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 on January 1 of each year. WellCare uses a formulary. The formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. You must continue to pay their Medicare Part B premium. Please contact WellCare for details.
*Other pharmacies and providers are available in our network.
WellCare complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.