COLUMBIA, S.C. and TAMPA, Fla., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the important connection between prenatal care and health outcomes for newborns, WellCare of South Carolina, a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) company, is rewarding expectant mothers who are members of its Medicaid plan and obstetricians belonging to the company's Medicaid network for obtaining and providing quality prenatal and postpartum care.
WellCare of South Carolina now offers an incentive to obstetricians who provide prescribed prenatal and postpartum care for the mother and infant. Additionally, members who meet their prescribed postpartum visit and Well Baby exams will receive a package of diapers after each visit.
Regular prenatal visits can help an obstetrician monitor the pregnancy and identify any problems or complications before they become serious. Preventing low birth weight is an important element to decreasing infant mortality.
"Our goal is for mothers to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies," said Dr. Robert London, WellCare of South Carolina's senior medical director. "Babies born to mothers who lack prenatal care have three times the chance of being born at a low-birth weight. Our program is designed to reward both the expectant mother and her physician to improve the baby's health outcome."
For more information on this program, or to learn more about WellCare of South Carolina's plans and services, please visit wellcare.com/southcarolina or call toll-free 877-552-4642 (TTY/TDD 1-877-247-6272).
As of Dec. 31, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 60,000 Medicaid members, 26,000 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 3.8 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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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.