WellCare Launches “Cost of Complacency” Campaign

When it comes to your cell phone bill, do you ever find yourself on the lookout for plans that are a better deal? And, when your monthly cable bill rolls in, have you ever examined the bill in search of where you can save?Survey Graphic

Today, searching for better deals on expenses is commonplace, but for seniors, there seems to be one major exception to deal-seeking: their Medicare plan.

According to the new national survey “The Cost of Complacency” released by WellCare, 62 percent of seniors do not review their Medicare plans to find the best deal and, in fact, are more likely to look for money-saving deals on all other common living expenses, such as utilities, cell phone and internet plans, travel and groceries.

This is an interesting finding considering that these same seniors ranked healthcare expenses as their most burdensome living expense.

These are concerning results because seniors’ health and healthcare needs generally change annually. If they don’t review their Medicare coverage and, instead, leave it on annual “auto-pilot,” they may be facing inadequate coverage and, consequently, financial risk.

However, if seniors do invest the time to comparison shop, they could be putting more money back into their pockets. According to a Kaiser Health study, people who switched Medicare plans after comparison shopping saved on average almost $200 a year. For someone who is on Medicare for 20 years, that adds up to $4,000 in savings per person.

As part of its “Cost of Complacency” campaign, WellCare is teaming up with Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, as well as Bart Astor, author of the Washington Post bestseller, AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life, to encourage seniors to invest the time to review their Medicare coverage. Whether they have traditional Medicare, a supplemental plan or Medicare Advantage, seniors have until December 7 to review and make decisions about their Medicare coverage for 2018.

The survey, which queried 1,026 Medicare-eligible seniors and was conducted by Kelton Global revealed a host of other findings, including:

  • More seniors comparison shop to save money for groceries (54 percent), homeowners/automotive insurance (45 percent) or gas (44 percent) than their Medicare plan (33 percent);
  • Approximately three in five (58 percent) seniors see reviewing their Medicare plan as a necessary task they don’t look forward to, and one in five (20 percent) would describe the experience as awful; and,
  • 57 percent of seniors review their Medicare plan by themselves.

WellCare has resources available to help seniors review their plans so they don’t have to go it alone…and it doesn’t need to be awful!

If you’re a senior in need of assistance, please call 1-877-841-6072 (TTY 711) or check out WellCare’s Medicare Advantage options at www.WellCareNow.com.

WellCare Honors Our Nation’s Military

WellCare employs military veterans and active duty military personnel as well as spouses of veterans and those on active duty. Veterans Day is an opportunity to pause and show our support for those who wore – or still wear – our nation’s uniform. Two associates share their thoughts on how civilians might honor our veterans.

Megan DePecol is director of talent acquisition in WellCare’s human resources area. She enlisted in the air force after high school and, by the time her military stint had ended four-and-a-half years later, she had achieved the rank of E4. Megan was stationed at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea and Aviano Air Base in Italy where she supported Operation Deny Flight and Operation Deliberate Fore, NATO-backed campaigns related to the Bosnian War.

Rebecca Staggs is a senior network development representative. She served as a navy petty officer third-class areographer’s mate. “That’s a really fancy way of saying I was a weather-guesser,” she quips. Rebecca served four years of active duty and another four in the reserves. She participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Part of Rebecca’s time was spent on the USS George Washington CVN 73, a nuclear aircraft carrier, and in Sasebo, Japan. Continue reading “WellCare Honors Our Nation’s Military”

Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve

By Rhonda Mims

When I learned that WellCare has been named a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Awards, I was both humbled and thrilled. A relative newcomer to the Tampa area – I got here a little over a year ago – this nomination is a first for me since joining the organization.

WellCare joins a short but impressive list of Tampa Bay Area nominees in the category of employing 500 or more. Nominees are bound by a common thread, a dedication to making our communities better. Continue reading “Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve”

WellCare Launches New Brand Promise: A Better You

By Rhonda Mims

When you hear the word “brand” you might think of the Nike swoosh, Coca-Cola red or the California Milk Processor Board’s celebrity ad slogan: “Got Milk?”

But a brand is much more than a logo, icon or memorable slogan.

A company’s brand is a promise to the marketplace. And successful brands consistently deliver on their promises, which is how they create brand value. Continue reading “WellCare Launches New Brand Promise: A Better You”

Reflecting on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

By Ken Burdick

This month, two catastrophic hurricanes—Harvey and Irma—wreaked havoc on much of the Southeast, leading to dozens of deaths, billions of dollars in damages, and millions without power and needed resources.

The devastating impact of these storms was driven home by shocking images of flooded hospitals, nursing homes and neighborhoods; overwhelmed storm shelters; and dangerous fallen power lines and trees.

As we work to rebuild our cities and support our displaced neighbors and friends, let this be a sobering reminder that in emergencies, we all have a responsibility to protect the most-fragile members of our society. Continue reading “Reflecting on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey”

Supporting Seniors and Innovative Community-Based Programs During Healthy Aging Month

By Mackie Hicks

Americans are living longer than ever before. According to recent statistics, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. While many seniors live active and healthy lifestyles, there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. Many seniors also face social barriers that can impact their health, whether it’s loneliness and isolation or lack of resources, such as transportation and access to health care.

That’s why at WellCare, we believe innovative community-based programs are critical to support our members as they age. We work to help remove social barriers to health and to ensure our members and communities have the services they need.  Continue reading “Supporting Seniors and Innovative Community-Based Programs During Healthy Aging Month”

The Value of Our Nation’s Health Centers

By Carol Steckel

It’s National Health Center Week, and as I reflect over the past few days, I can still remember standing in awe the first time I visited Franklin Primary Health Center’s Medical Mall in Mobile, Alabama. People of all races and conditions were getting the health care they needed—all in one place.

I also remember the health centers in North Carolina and the work they do to provide essential services to people without access to primary care. The caring, the compassion and the commitment to those they serve rang out loud and clear.

What many people don’t realize is how critically important health centers are to both our health care system and to the millions of underserved Americans across the country. Continue reading “The Value of Our Nation’s Health Centers”

Engaging Teens and Training for the Future

By Camille Heard

Every young person started his or her professional career with some uncertainty: What am I going to do with my life? How do I pay for college? Will I be able to get a job when I graduate?

Growing up, my idea of “what I want to be when I grow up” constantly changed. In elementary school, I was determined to be a rollercoaster architect, and by middle school, I thought I was well on my way to becoming the world’s next best rapper—two career ideas that I may re-explore at some point. However, after I enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate studies, I decided to explore the field of health care and public health. I found that this area truly sparked my interests. Continue reading “Engaging Teens and Training for the Future”

There’s a Good Chance You’re Not Taking Your Medications Correctly!

By Laura Hungiville

Think of the last time you visited the doctor when you were sick. Odds are, she examined you – gave her diagnosis – and wrote a prescription to help you get better. Most likely, you immediately headed to the pharmacy to have it filled. You then took your medication exactly as prescribed. For the first few days, you followed the prescription to a tee – but as you felt better, you may have started missing a few doses. Continue reading “There’s a Good Chance You’re Not Taking Your Medications Correctly!”

Your Best Shot for a Healthy 2017!

By Dr. Mark Leenay

Think of the last time you felt ‘really’ sick. Not just your run of the mill cold, but totally out of commission with a fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and dizziness. If you’ve had the flu at any time in your life, odds are it’s still fresh in your mind. You’re not alone. The flu is so common that 2-out-of-10 people in the U.S. will catch the virus in 2017, typically in February – the last peak month of flu season. Continue reading “Your Best Shot for a Healthy 2017!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and WellCare Partner to Bring “Bigs in Blue” to Seven U.S. Cities

By Pam Iorio

Over the past couple of years, tensions between police and the communities they serve have been in the news on an almost weekly basis. Many community leaders are calling for all of us to be more empathetic, see the world through our neighbors’ eyes, or unite to heal after tragedy.

Continue reading “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and WellCare Partner to Bring “Bigs in Blue” to Seven U.S. Cities”