WellCare to Acquire Assets of Advicare Corp. in South Carolina

Expands WellCare's Medicaid Line of Business in the State

Feb 23, 2016, 08:30 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

COLUMBIA, S.C. and TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Advicare Corp., a managed care organization that provides Medicaid benefits in South Carolina.

As of Feb. 1, 2016, Advicare serves approximately 32,500 Medicaid members in the state. WellCare's acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approvals and satisfaction of normal closing conditions.

Under the agreement, Advicare members are expected to become members of WellCare of South Carolina, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans. WellCare is working with Advicare to ensure a smooth transition that includes continuity of care for this membership.

"This acquisition advances our growth strategy of complementing our existing business while increasing our presence in an important market," stated Ken Burdick, WellCare's chief executive officer. "We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the state to deliver quality, cost-effective health care solutions for South Carolina's most vulnerable populations."

"Our mission is to help our members live better, healthier lives, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our reach to support even more people," said Kathy Warner, state president, WellCare of South Carolina.

The financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

As of Dec. 31, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 60,000 Medicaid, 3,000 Medicare Advantage and 26,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 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.

About Advicare Advicare is a licensed Health Maintenance Organization that serves as a Managed Care Organization. Advicare is based in Greenville, South Carolina and provides health insurance coverage for more than 32,500 members. Advicare's provider network features primary care physicians, specialists and hospitals throughout South Carolina.

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