TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that it has named Andrew Clifton Medicare Executive Director of Connecticut, Maine and North Carolina effective Aug. 11. Clifton will have responsibility for overall plan operations, including strategic direction and the effective development of new programs in all three markets. He will also direct provider contracting and relations, sales and marketing, medical management and regulatory compliance. Clifton will report to Mike Polen, executive vice president, Medicare and operations.
"Andrew has demonstrated solid leadership skills and a keen ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders during his time with WellCare," said Polen. "He has a deep understanding of what is needed to deliver quality health care to our members, and I am confident he will contribute significantly in expanding our business in Connecticut, Maine and North Carolina."
"I am honored to take on this new role and look forward to partnering with our providers, government partners and talented team of associates who share a dedication to member service and quality excellence," said Clifton.
Clifton joined WellCare in 2015 as senior director, strategic initiatives. He most recently served as the chief operating officer for WellCare's Texas and Louisiana markets. He has also held leadership roles at KPMG, specializing in health insurance operations and strategy.
Clifton holds a master's degree in business administration from Rice University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Saint Louis University.
As of June 30, 2017, WellCare serves 78,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Connecticut, Maine and North Carolina and 12,000 Medicare Advantage members in Connecticut and Maine.
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. The company serves approximately 4.4 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2017. 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.