TAMPA, Fla., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care has selected WellCare of Nebraska to administer the Heritage Health program. Heritage Health is a new health care delivery system that combines Nebraska's current physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy programs into a single comprehensive and coordinated system for approximately 230,000 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.
WellCare was one of three managed care organizations selected. The contract is for a five-year term, with two additional one-year renewal options. The program is expected to begin on Jan. 1, 2017, pending regulatory approvals.
"We spent over a year in the state learning about Nebraska and meeting with people in the urban, rural and frontier areas of the state to design a program that best addresses the health needs of Nebraska's low-income populations," said Ken Burdick, WellCare's CEO. "We look forward to building strong partnerships with the state, providers and communities to deliver integrated solutions that support improved health outcomes for those with complex medical and social needs."
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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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