NEWARK, N.J. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans of New Jersey, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., (NYSE: WCG), will offer a variety of Medicare Advantage plans in 2017 designed to help older adults get and stay healthy, with an emphasis on preventive health measures and with more benefits and services than Original Medicare.
"WellCare plans offer programs and benefits to help seniors in New Jersey live better, healthier lives," said John Kirchner, WellCare Health Plans of New Jersey's plan president. "All of WellCare Health Plans of New Jersey's plans offer fitness programs in recognition of the important role activity plays in helping seniors maintain good health, as well as a $0 premium to assist seniors living on fixed incomes."
During the 2017 Open Enrollment Period, which runs from Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, 2016, those who are Medicare eligible will be able to select WellCare plans that all offer a $0 premium combined with extra benefits beyond those offered by Original Medicare, including some plans that offer hearing, vision and dental benefits.
In recognition of the importance of preventive and maintenance care, WellCare Health Plan of New Jersey's Medicare Advantage Plans also offer $0 lab tests and x-rays. For members with diabetes, diabetic supplies also carry a $0 copay.
WellCare's Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan features a unified national pharmacy network with key national retailers, including CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. This simplified benefit design allows traditional Medicare Advantage members 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. EDT 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. To compare WellCare plans and benefits, go to www.WellCareNow.com and enter your zip code to get started.
WellCare Medicare Advantage plans are available in four New Jersey counties: Essex, Hudson, Middlesex and Passaic. The WellCare Liberty DSNP plan is available in eight New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 56,000 Medicaid members, 1,000 Medicare Advantage members, 30,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 3,500 Managed Long Term Care Services and Supports members in New Jersey.
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 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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