WellCare Offers Mississippi Seniors 2016 Medicare Advantage Options That Promote Preventive and Maintenance Care

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

JACKSON, Miss. and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In Mississippi, WellCare (NYSE: WCG) will offer eligible seniors an expanded variety of Medicare Advantage plans for 2016 that provide 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 Medicare eligible 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. With this in mind, all Mississippi plans offer no- to low-premiums combined with extra benefits that include dental, vision and hearing coverage not available under Original Medicare.

Some plans also offer an over-the-counter monthly medication allowance for needed health items like vitamins, toothbrushes and cold remedies, as well as chiropractic services and podiatry care. Some plans provide complimentary transportation to medical appointments.

WellCare's Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans now also 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 for a 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 offers an online formulary tool for members and those interested in the plan to look up drugs, coverage options and formulary alternatives. To access this tool, go to www.wellcare.com/Mississippi/Find-My-Plan and enter the plan type and your zip code.

"Selecting a plan is one of the most important decisions that seniors make every year," said Tim Mullen, chief operating officer for WellCare in Mississippi and two other states. "WellCare is proud to offer Medicare Advantage options that provide access to quality care that is also cost effective for Mississippi seniors, many of whom need help making ends meet."

WellCare Medicare Advantage plans are available in 49 counties in Mississippi. For more information on becoming a WellCare member, or to learn more about the company's plans and services, please visit www.wellcare.com or call toll-free 1-800-865-1563 (TTY 711).

As of Sept. 30, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 18,000 Medicare Advantage members and 27,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Mississippi.

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.

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 Jan. 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.

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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.