In 2022-2023, Wellcare is offering a wide range of innovative SSBCI benefits including:
- Flex Card for Utilities Payment Assistance – Wellcare will be offering a supplemental Flex Card for utility payments, a rising problem for the financially insecure population. A pre-loaded Visa debit card with $50 to $125 will be given to eligible members. This card can be used to pay for qualifying utilities like electric, gas, sewage, and water as well as for telecommunications services and cable or other pay television.
- Helper Bees Care Concierge - Wellcare, in collaboration with healthAlign, will provide this cutting-edge new benefit, giving members and their carers the freedom to tailor their care and take care of their changing requirements all year long. To better serve members' requirements, credits can be used for any combination of a la carte services, such as pest treatment, meal delivery, home modification, and in-home support.
- On-Demand Grocery Delivery & Animal Support Services - Wellcare, in collaboration with Shipt, is providing members with access to free, same-day grocery delivery as well as service animal support, which includes delivery of supplies for a service animal that has been granted plan approval. The benefits give $50 to $100 per month for food and $50 per month for plan-approved items for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service dog. Wellcare will also cover the yearly membership fee ($99).
- Therapeutic Robotic Companion Pet - Wellcare will also provide a robotic companion pet that offers the therapeutic benefits of pets without the costs or upkeep of a real animal. Through responsive interaction, the robotic pet—a realistic cat or dog—could lessen depressive symptoms and slow cognitive decline. Depending on availability, eligible members may choose either a cat or a dog as their therapeutic pet companion.
Additional benefits include non-medical transportation to locations like churches, gyms, and supermarkets as well as quarterly allowances that can be used to purchase durable medical equipment (DME), such as grab bars, non-slip mats, or air purifiers, or assistance devices like air conditioners, subject to availability.