“Barbara is a Medicare Advantage member without a car and limited access to other transportation options. She has a health benefit card, issued on Optum’s payments platform, which she can use to pay for eligible over-the-counter items, groceries, and rides,” explains a recent blog post from Uber Health. Announced earlier this month, the new pact with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services division is just one example of creative partnerships emerging in Medicare Advantage to attract new members and address health-related social needs. Meanwhile, MA organizations for 2024 continue to strike new alliances with providers, retailers and other insurers to leverage their brands in select markets.
Centene Corp.’s Wellcare, for one, formed a new strategic alliance with Mutual of Omaha. For the 2024 plan year, the insurers will offer two cobranded PPOs — WellCare Mutual of Omaha No Premium and Wellcare Mutual of Omaha Low Premium — in five states: Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Washington and select areas of Texas. (Wellcare is also expanding its geographic footprint by 21 counties and adding a new state with entry into Delaware, according to an Oct. 11 press release unveiling its 2024 offerings.)