COLUMBIA, S.C. and TAMPA, Fla., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing that health insurance can make a striking difference in the quality of life for children and their families, WellCare of South Carolina, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), is reminding South Carolina Medicaid recipients that they are required to renew their Medicaid eligibility for themselves and their children every year.
Those who participate in Healthy Connections, South Carolina's Medicaid program, will receive a mailing with an application for Medicaid from Healthy Connections 60 days prior to the end of their annual eligibility and their children's eligibility. The application must be completed and returned to Healthy Connections before the eligibility date or risk losing Medicaid coverage.
"It is imperative that children and families qualifying for Medicaid benefits maintain their health care coverage," said Kathy Warner, WellCare's state president of South Carolina. "Preventing disease and illness before they occur is critical to helping people live better, healthier lives and to managing the costs of health for South Carolinians."
For assistance with completing the application or questions about Medicaid, please call WellCare of South Carolina toll-free at 800-588-9842 or visit www.wellcare.com/South-Carolina.
As of March 31, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 61,000 Medicaid members, 13,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 3,000 Medicare Advantage members in South Carolina.
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 3.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 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.
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