TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2016) – Staywell Health Plan, a WellCare (NYSE:WCG) health plan dedicated to serving Medicaid members in Florida, now offers its members free mosquito repellant to help prevent the spread of the Zika Virus.
With confirmed Zika cases now in Miami-Dade County, Staywell’s Medicaid members statewide can get free mosquito repellant as part of their $25 per household over-the-counter monthly pharmacy benefit. Any member concerned about Zika should consult with their primary care physician or obstetrician.
The Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness is usually mild, but it poses an extreme risk for pregnant women, who are at risk of delivering a baby with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, or other severe brain defects.
The Agency for Health Care Administration recently sent a statewide alert to physicians to encourage them to talk to their patients about Zika, the importance of mosquito repellant, and inform them that most Medicaid health plans will now provide them free of charge.
To help protect against the virus and prevent its spread, people can also: take steps to remove any standing water in or outside their homes which can be breeding grounds; use mosquito repellant; wear long sleeves and pants; and stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitos outside.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 773,000 Medicaid members, 60,000 Florida Healthy Kids members, 92,000 Medicare Advantage members, and 29,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Florida.
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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. The company serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2016. 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.