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Medicare Giant WellCare Partners With Shipt For Grocery Delivery Service

WellCare, a Centene company, has partnered with Shipt to provide Medicare Advantage policyholders with a way to have groceries delivered to their homes for the rest of 2020. This industry-leading partnership with Shipt, a same-day grocery delivery service, will allow members to safely and conveniently access food and other essential items from both local and national retailers. This is a critical service to have during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for Senior Citizens who are at a high-risk.


Many of the members in WellCare, WellCare TexanPlus and ‘Ohana Medicare Advantage plans are enrolled in low-income and special needs plans, which will now include a free, monthly Shipt membership for the remainder of the calendar year (1). Once the member signs up for a Shipt account, they can easily obtain groceries and other household items they need getting delivered straight to their doorstep, on the same day that the order is placed. This benefit will eliminate the need to leave the house to go to the grocery store, therefore limiting the amount of exposure to the coronavirus.


The hope is that by having access to a delivery service for essential items through Shipt, it will give Seniors a chance to relax during this time of stress and uncertainty. Shipt works only with vetted shoppers, and they offer next hour or same day delivery. Their user-friendly app allows customers to order fresh groceries and everyday essentials, and it allows the individual to update their list in real time, if needed. Also, customer service is even available 24/7! Shipt is currently in over 260 cities and counting (2).


In addition to the partnership with Shipt, to help members in need of extra support, WellCare and the other Centene carriers have added extended meal benefits, annual wellness visit incentives, and additional over the counter (OTC) benefits to Medicare Advantage plans to help further remove any financial or food-related barriers (3).


As Seniors face increased social and economic barriers to healthcare amid the pandemic, it can have a major impact on their overall health and wellbeing. WellCare Health Plans, LLC. is committed to helping its beneficiaries overcome non-medical barriers when it comes to their healthcare, such as lacking access to a sufficient quantity of affordable food or access to transportation (4). Through this new partnership with Shipt, WellCare seeks to ensure that their thousands of members get what they need quickly and safely.


(Centene and WellCare are committed to ensuring continuity of care and services for members and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit www.WellCareCares.com).


The Diversified Companies is partnered with WellCare with the shared goal to positively impact the lives of the Senior market, whether that be through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, or Prescription Drug Plans. During this challenging time, we understand it can be difficult to prioritize individual health and healthcare, but The Rose Boys at Diversified are dedicated to helping Seniors find the best and most affordable Medicare plan.


Call today 1-844-244-8000 or visit our website for a no-cost Medicare Benefit Consultation from one of our experienced Senior Specialists to find out exactly what you are entitled to!

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References

  1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wellcare-partners-with-shipt-to-provide-free-grocery-delivery-memberships-to-medicare-advantage-members-for-remainder-of-2020-301104591.html

  2. https://www.shipt.com/about/

  3. https://investors.centene.com/news-releases/news-release-details/centene-waive-primary-care-behavioral-health-and-telehealth

  4. https://www.centene.com/news/centene-completes-acquisition-of-wellcare.html

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