JACKSON, Miss. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In Mississippi, 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 Mississippi plans offer no- to low-premiums combined with extra benefits that include dental, vision and hearing coverage not available under Original Medicare.
"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. "WellCare is proud to offer Medicare Advantage options that provide seniors with access to benefits and tools that can help them achieve positive health outcomes."
Plans also offer an over-the-counter monthly medication allowance for needed health items like vitamins, toothbrushes and cold remedies. Some plans offer transportation to medical appointments or a fitness program designed to support healthy, active lifestyles.
New this year is the WellCare Liberty (HMO SNP) plan, an option designed for seniors who also have Medicaid coverage. For beneficiaries with full dual Medicaid eligibility, the plan offers no monthly premium, no copays, no coinsurance and no deductibles.
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 are available in 49 counties in Mississippi.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 19,000 Medicare Advantage members and 35,000 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 June 30, 2018. 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
WellCare (HMO SNP) is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Mississippi Medicaid program. Enrollment in WellCare (HMO SNP) depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-payments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co- payments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year. Premiums, co-pays, coinsurance and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. 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. If you meet certain eligibility requirements for both Medicare and Medicaid, your Part B premiums may be covered in full. Some plans are available to those who have medical assistance from both the state and Medicare. 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.