Wellcare’s 2020 Annual Certification Information

Wellcare’s 2020 Annual Certification is launching on July 9th! Please be on the lookout for the email with subject line, SM 2020 ACT 1099 Training Has Been Assigned, and follow instructions within the email to access the training in WellCare University.

The training content focuses on topics that sets you up for success as a partner with WellCare. Within ACT you will have:

  • Video tutorials and step-action guides for online resources
  • Examples of completed documents such as paper applications and scope of appointment forms
  • Certificate of completion
  • PDF of the training content with search functionality
  • State specific product training – only take state training where YOU plan to market/sell in!

New! Certification Confirmation Notice

Upon completion of 2020 certification requirements, you will receive the following WellCare communications:

  • Text message confirmation your 2020 certification requirements have been processed
  • Congratulatory email on next steps, key timelines, and the new What to Expect sales materials packet

Similarly, over the next few months Wellcare will be launching new/proactive outreach methods to ensure you have the information you need to be successful.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

Reminder! Consider the following when working toward completion of the 2020 AHIP requirement:

  • 2020 AHIP will suffice to market/sell both 2019 and 2020 WellCare products
  • WellCare does not accept other Medicare fraud, waste and abuse training in place of AHIP

Get started early AND with a discount!

WellCare offers a $50 discount if completed via the WellCare/AHIP co-branded link:

https://www.ahipmedicaretraining.com/clients/wellcare/1099

Note: WellCare will not reimburse money paid towards training.

Transmitting completed AHIP to WellCare is easy!

Returning Partners: Access AHIP and login to your account, then click Transmit next to WellCare (1099).

New Partners: To connect your WellCare University account and your AHIP account, you must use the co-branded link to transmit your completed AHIP for the first time.

Wellcare/Meridian Updates

Here are some recent updates and highlights from Wellcare & Meridian we would like to share:

  •  The 2020 Annual Certification Training (ACT) is scheduled to release July 9th! Per the certification process, after you complete contracting you will be enrolled in ACT. However, due to the transition of training from 2019 ACT to 2020 ACT, the earliest you will be enrolled into ACT is July 9th. Completing 2020 ACT will fulfill the ACT requirement to market/sell both 2019 and 2020 WellCare products. Note: In order to market/sell 2019 MeridianCareCare products, agents must complete the 2019 MeridianCare certification requirements through Miramar (Sentinel Elite).  Read More Here
  • COMING IN JULY: 
    • A NEW Mobile SOA App
    • eApp: Off-line electronic application submission made easy
    • Paper Application Upload: Learn how to scan paper applications via the Agent Connect portal
    • and More! Click here to learn more
  • Wellcare’s footprint is expanding in 2020! They are growing their platform into Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan by acquiring Medicare Advantage and Medicaid company, Meridian. Further, Wellcare is expanding footprints into Missouri, New Hampshire, and Washington! Read More Here

 

MeridianCare and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Consolidation

As previously communicated, MeridianCare became a subsidiary company of WellCare, and as of 1/1/2020, the companies will be fully integrated and operating under the same platforms. Going forward, email communications regarding the WellCare and MeridianCare transition will be on new co-branded template.

What’s Next?

During the transition, you can expect the following in preparation for 2020 open enrollment period:

  1. Invitation from WellCare Health Plans prompting you to complete the 1099 agent contract
  2. Enrollment into the 2020 WellCare Annual Certification Training (ACT)
    1. This will be replacing the MeridianCare’s Miramar (formally known as Sentinel Elite) annual certification program
  3. Communications regarding 2020 America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) requirement
    1. WellCare does not accept PinPoint or Gorman Health Plan certificates for the Medicare Advantage annual certification requirement.
  4. Transition of the MeridianCarebrand to WellCare (plans and communications)

Please look for upcoming communications regarding all topics outlined above.

If you have any questions please reach out to your Cornerstone Senior Marketing Representative 

Centene/Allwell & Wellcare Agreement Update

Centene is pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WellCare. The combination of these businesses will create a premier healthcare enterprise focused on government-sponsored healthcare programs and a leader in Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Like Centene, WellCare believes that affordable and quality healthcare is best delivered locally. WellCare brings to Centene a high-quality Medicare platform, increases their exposure to government-sponsored healthcare solutions through its Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, and further extends their robust Medicaid offerings. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare serves more than 5.5 million members nationwide.

Centene takes the lead to build on their competitive strengths and serve the government partners, providers and members.

Some highlights about the combined company:

  • Centene would serve approximately 22 million members across all 50 states, making them the leader in government-sponsored healthcare.
  • Centene will be better positioned to serve members with increased scale and more comprehensive and differentiated solutions to meet their needs.
  • Centene will benefit from leveraging their growing position in the Health Insurance Marketplace to new markets.
  • They will continue investing in technology and programs for the benefit of all stakeholders.
  • Centene will continue to focus on leading the market with affordable, high-quality, culturally-sensitive healthcare services and enhancing robust efforts to address the social determinants of health.

Planning for Integration

Centene expects to complete this transaction in the first half of 2020, subject to various closing conditions, including regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Both Centene and WellCare have proven track records in executing these kinds of strategic transactions. While this acquisition is in large part about growth and realizing the benefits of our enhanced scale, it will also be about using their combined strengths, especially in markets where both operate.

Next Steps: Business as Usual

Importantly, until the closing of this transaction, Centene and WellCare will continue to operate as independent companies.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative.

Wellcare Health Plans Inc Agreed To Combine with Centene

Wellcare Update: Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. has agreed to combine with Centene. While the transaction is not expected to close until the first half of 2020, you may have questions about what this means for you. At this time there are still many questions that Wellcare will not be in a position to answer, but it is important for you to know that nothing will change for now and Wellcare is confident the combination will benefit everyone over the long-term.

For further questions, please download the FAQ.

If you have any questions please reach out to your Cornerstone Senior Marketing representative.

WellCare’s First Look is Available!

WellCare’s 2019 first look is available to view their MAPD plan benefits in Kentucky! To view other states available please click here for the full PDF.

 

Click here to view MAPD plan benefits in KY.