TAMPA, Fla., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, announced today that it named Lauralie Rubel state president, Nebraska, effective April 4, 2016. Under Rubel's leadership, WellCare will serve members of Heritage Health, Nebraska's new integrated Medicaid managed care program that will combine physical health, behavioral health, and pharmacy programs under a single coordinated delivery system to improve health outcomes for the state's most vulnerable residents. Nearly 230,000 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees will be served by the new Heritage Health program, which is expected to launch on Jan. 1, 2017, pending regulatory approvals.
"WellCare has a long history of dedication to serving the nation's most vulnerable citizens, including the low-income, disabled and extremely ill. We are uniquely positioned to deliver quality and cost efficient care in Nebraska, with an emphasis on education and preventive services that will help Nebraskans live better, healthier lives," said Rubel. "I'm honored to have an opportunity to partner with the state, providers and communities to help ensure our members get the care they need, when and where they need it, to deliver better health outcomes and to lower the cost of care for Nebraskans."
"Lauralie is a results-driven professional with more than 22 years of experience in the health care industry, and importantly, has a heart for service," said Dave Reynolds, WellCare's SVP, division president for Nebraska and six other markets. " Her deep understanding of the healthcare industry and concern for people will be instrumental in the delivery of quality care for Nebraskans."
Since joining WellCare in 2005 as the director of provider relations, Rubel has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of market development, where she was focused on new market growth, operations planning, network development and contract negotiations. She also served as the vice president of provider strategy, vice president of market initiatives for the launch of the company's Medicaid business in Kentucky, chief operating officer for Atlanta and north Georgia, and vice president of training. Prior to WellCare, Rubel held leadership roles at UHS-Pruitt Corporation, Humana and Covenant Health.
Rubel attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
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. WellCare serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2015. 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.
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