UnitedHealthCare offering Floridians new Medicare Advantage plan, plus cost savings

Customers using AARP MedicareComplete can save money through WellMed services.

More than 150,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie, Florida will have an option to enroll in AARP’s new MedicareComplete Focus (HMO) Medicare Advantage plan during UnitedHealthCare's open enrollment period, which begins on Thursday.

UnitedHealthCare members enrolled in three of its AARP MedicareComplete (HMO) plans in the Tampa, Orlando and Treasure Coast areas also can benefit from a new model that re-organizes area health care and offers savings on doctor visit co-pays to customers who use primary care providers affiliated with WellMed.

WellMed, a group of employed and contracted primary care physicians, specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses and other medical staff, has focused on care coordination for seniors for 25 years. Currently providing care for more than 200,000 patients mainly in Florida and Texas, WellMed is a UnitedHealth Group company.

“Medicare beneficiaries in the Treasure Coast will find quality coverage at an exceptional value in our new Medicare Advantage plan,” Pete Clarkson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in North/Central Florida, said. “WellMed has embraced the concept of population health management and has been fully committed to improving health outcomes as well as the health care experience for our Medicare Advantage members.”

Primary care providers identified as “tier 1 care providers” by the plan commit to a compensation system based partly on their efforts to improve health outcomes for enrollees. The plan features a zero-pay monthly premium with included prescription drugs, fitness programs, travel coverage, and many specialized needs such as vision, dental and hearing--including hearing aids.

The plan’s mission is to encourage seniors to cultivate relationships with their providers as well as obtain recommended screenings and preventative services.

“We’re committed to changing the face of health care delivery for seniors by providing quality, results-driven care with a focus on prevention and wellness,” Jeff Maloney, president of WellMed Florida, said. 

UnitedHealthCare's open enrollment continues through  Dec. 7.

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