By Lauralie Rubel
WellCare of Nebraska is proud to announce that after months of hard work by dedicated associates in Nebraska and throughout the WellCare family, we are ready to share our decades of experience coordinating managed care for in-need families and children as well as elderly and disabled persons.
Nebraska’s Heritage Health program went live Jan. 1, 2017. For the first time, the state’s Medicaid managed health care delivery system combines physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy programs into a single comprehensive and coordinated system to improve health outcomes for approximately 230,000 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.
WellCare will offer Nebraska members several programs specifically designed to help them get healthy and stay healthy. In addition to covering preventive services like annual routine exams, mammograms and well-child visits, our members have access to one-on-one support to help with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes. We also provide support in managing lifestyle changes such as weight loss or smoking cessation.
We have a broad statewide network of providers and health care facilities to ensure that our members get care when and where they need it, such as access to a telemonitoring management system that measures and sends data to a WellCare nurse, provider or care manager.
We are especially pleased to present our community “Welcome Rooms,” which serve as local health information, education and activity centers. Our four WellCare Welcome Rooms in Nebraska, which are located in Kearney, Norfolk, Omaha and Scottsbluff, are scheduled to open in February and March of 2017. These centers have already begun hosting events, and were open to residents for gift wrapping stations and holiday treats last month. We are also planning activities in January for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Jan. 23 – Jan. 29).
These brick-and-mortar locations will help us improve and strengthen the communities we serve and illustrate our commitment to offering health and well-being activities at no cost to area residents. Equally exciting is the fact that these communities have already expressed appreciation for WellCare’s repurposing of buildings, one of which that stood empty for more than seven years.
At WellCare, our members are at the center of everything we do. Approximately 100 people will be working day in and day out in the state to coordinate care for our WellCare of Nebraska members. We are committed to doing our part to help ensure Nebraska’s new Heritage Health program delivers better health outcomes, while helping our members live better, healthier lives.
Lauralie Rubel is WellCare of Nebraska’s state president. She serves members of Heritage Health, Nebraska’s new integrated Medicaid managed care program that combines physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy programs under a single coordinated delivery system.