RALEIGH, N.C. and TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored healthcare programs, has named Troy Hildreth as state president, North Carolina, effective immediately. Under Hildreth's leadership, WellCare will administer the state's Medicaid Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs).
"I'm honored to partner with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare providers and community leaders to deliver integrated solutions and quality care that aims to deliver better health outcomes and to efficiently manage the resources available to drive value for the state of North Carolina," said Hildreth.
WellCare was one of four health plans selected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to serve North Carolina's Medicaid beneficiaries on a statewide basis, which is subject to a protest process. One additional health plan led by providers was selected to operate in certain regions. The state will implement the new managed care system for its 1.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries beginning Nov. 1, 2019.
"Troy's institutional knowledge and deep-rooted partnerships with key leaders and teams across our company, coupled with his carefully crafted and developed North Carolina state relationships, position him for success in his new role as state president," said Kelly Munson, WellCare's Medicaid executive vice president. "His profound understanding of the healthcare industry and concern for people will be instrumental in the delivery of quality care for our North Carolina members."
Since joining WellCare in 2004, Hildreth has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including leadership of corporate sales and marketing, and most recently, leadership over WellCare's business development organization. As WellCare's vice president of business development strategy, Hildreth was responsible for Medicaid market growth and expansion efforts, including establishing key partnerships, designing market specific operating models and responding to competitive procurements.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace. WellCare serves approximately 5.5 million members nationwide as of December 31, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.
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