CHICAGO and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) will offer an expanded variety of Medicare Advantage plans in Illinois for 2017 that provide more benefits and services than Original Medicare.
During the 2017 Open Enrollment Period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2016, Medicare-eligible people in Illinois will be able to select WellCare plans that are specifically designed to meet their budget, while giving them resources to get and stay healthy. All plans have extra benefits not available with Original Medicare, such as dental, vision, hearing, and a complimentary fitness program. Most plans also offer a $0 co-pay for primary care physician visits and free transportation to medical appointments.
"Preventive care is the cornerstone of good health, enabling seniors and their doctors to stop an illness before it starts," said Dr. Robert Hilliard, Jr., WellCare's president in Illinois. "We are proud that WellCare offers a variety of tests and screens such as flu shots, mammograms and prostate cancer screenings to our members at no cost, helping them to stay healthy."
All Illinois Medicare Advantage plans offer a monthly allowance to help purchase needed over-the-counter health items, such as vitamins, toothbrushes and cold remedies. In addition, Illinois members have access to a 24-hour Nurse Advice line.
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.
WellCare Medicare Advantage plans are available in these 13 counties: Cook, Kane, Kankakee, Will, Madison, St. Clair, Douglas, Monroe, Peoria, Tazewell, Knox, Champaign, Vermillion. For more information on becoming a WellCare member, or to learn more about the company's plans and services, please visit www.WellCareNow.com or call toll-free 1-800-865-1563.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare and Harmony Health Plan serve approximately 211,000 members in Illinois, including 168,000 Medicaid members, 15,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 28,000 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 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 a 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 your 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.