Easy Choice Offers Seniors 2016 Medicare Advantage Options that Support Preventive and Maintenance Care

Nov 05, 2015, 08:30 ET from Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc.

CYPRESS, Calif., and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc., a WellCare (NYSE: WCG) company, continues to offer eligible California seniors a variety of Medicare Advantage plans that offer more benefits and services than Original Medicare.

During the 2016 Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which began Oct. 15, 2015, and ends Dec. 7, 2015, those who are eligible for Medicare will be able to select Easy Choice plans that are specifically designed to meet the needs of cost-conscious seniors seeking to get and stay healthy. With this in mind, most Easy Choice plans offer a $0 premium combined with extra  benefits that include dental, vision, hearing aids and transportation to medical appointments.

Some Easy Choice plans also provide coverage for acupuncture, routine podiatry services and vaccinations, as well as prescription drug coverage in the gap and emergency worldwide coverage.

"Selecting a plan is one of the most critical decisions seniors make each year," said Rick Desai, chief operating officer for Easy Choice Health Plan. "We are pleased to offer additional benefits to increase access to the care that promotes the health and vitality of our members."

WellCare's Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans now also feature a 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, and it eliminates the need for seniors to have to worry about preferred pricing rules. 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's Easy Choice plan offers an online formulary tool at www.easychoicehealthplan.com/formulary.php for members and those interested in the plan to look up drugs, coverage options and formulary alternatives.

Easy Choice plans are available in these nine counties: Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Joaquin.

For more information on becoming an Easy Choice member, or to learn more about the company's plans and services, please visit www.easychoicehealthplan.com or call toll-free 1-877-258-1160.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, WellCare has approximately 90,000 members in California, including 32,500 Medicare Advantage members through Easy Choice Health Plan and 57,500 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.

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 Sept. 30, 2015. 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.

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SOURCE Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc.