LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In Arkansas, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) will offer people eligible for Medicare an expanded variety of Medicare Advantage plans for 2017 that provide more benefits and services than Original Medicare.
During the 2017 Open Enrollment Period, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2016, Medicare-eligible individuals will be able to select WellCare plans that are specifically designed to meet the needs of cost-conscious seniors seeking to get and stay healthy. All Arkansas plans offer no- to low-premiums combined with extra benefits that include dental, vision and hearing coverage not available under Original Medicare.
"We're pleased with the Medicare Advantage plans we're providing seniors during this year's open enrollment period, and are confident they'll continue to see the benefits of our products and services," said Tim Mullen, chief operating officer for WellCare in Arkansas. "Our Medicare Advantage options go well beyond what Original Medicare offers, improving quality of care."
All plans also feature a monthly allowance to help in purchasing needed over-the-counter health care items like vitamins, toothbrushes and cold remedies. To support healthy, active lifestyles, some plans offer a fitness program and transportation to medical appointments.
New this year is the Liberty (HMO SNP) plan, an option designed for seniors who also have Medicaid. For beneficiaries with full dual Medicaid eligibility, the plan offers no monthly premium, no copays, no coinsurance and no deductibles. The WellCare (HMO) RX plan offers low medical co-pays and is available for seniors who are eligible for "Extra Help" with their Prescription drug costs.
WellCare's Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan features a national pharmacy network with key national retailers (CVS, Walgreens and Walmart*), and a simplified, single cost schedule that is the same for all network pharmacies.
Customer service representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., local time, 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 the plan to look up drugs, coverage options and formulary alternatives. To learn more about WellCare plans and benefits, go to www.WellCareNow.com.
WellCare Medicare Advantage plans in Arkansas are available in 53 counties.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 11,000 Medicare Advantage members and 27,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Arkansas.
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 SNP) - Medicare Advantage
* 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.