WellCare of Iowa Offers 2016 Medicaid Benefits to Support Preventive Care for Members and Additional Respite for Family Members in the Home and Community-based Waiver Program

Dec 17, 2015, 08:30 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Iowa, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), is providing its Medicaid members with health and wellness benefits that support preventive and maintenance care at no cost to members. These benefits include a $10 per month credit ($120 annual per household) for over-the-counter (OTC) items such as vitamins, diapers, and cold and allergy medicines, and a healthy rewards program which incentivizes members to complete specific preventive health, wellness and engagement milestones.

Healthy behavior activities such as completed wellness visits, and regular children and prenatal check-ups will earn members a debit or gift card in amounts ranging from $10 to $20 per activity. The OTC credit is available for a variety of items ordered through http://www.wellcare.com/iowa or 1-855-599-3811 (TTY: 1-877-247-6272) and are delivered directly to members' homes.

Additionally, WellCare of Iowa members who are cared for by family members and who participate in the Home and Community-based Waiver program will be eligible for 30 additional respite days above the standard Medicaid limit to provide their caregivers with temporary relief.

"We are committed to providing our members with the supports and services they need to achieve and maintain optimal health," said Lauralie Rubel, president, WellCare of Iowa. "Our primary objective is to positively impact the health and well-being of our members, as well as those who influence their day-to-day lives, to best assist them in achieving long-term, successful health outcomes."

WellCare of Iowa members who are engaged in a care management program and who do not have a telephone may be eligible for a free cell phone that includes unlimited talk and text messaging to doctors, case managers, social workers, and friends and family. Also, WellCare of Iowa members can take advantage of an allowance for hypoallergenic bedding and Weight Watchers Club memberships. All of WellCare of Iowa's value-added benefits are offered at no additional cost to members.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation's health care costs," said Dr. James Howatt, medical director, WellCare of Iowa. "To address this, it is important for us to focus on prevention and additional supports to deliver improved health outcomes."

For more information about these and other WellCare Medicaid benefits in Iowa, please visit http://www.wellcare.com/Iowa or call 1-855-599-3811 (TTY: 1-877-247-6272), Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

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 WellCare Health Plans, Inc.