TAMPA, Fla., July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that it has named Kathy Warner state president, South Carolina, effective July 26, 2015. She has responsibility for WellCare's Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses across the state and will lead the company's statewide quality and growth initiatives. Warner has served as the company's chief operating officer for South Carolina since March 2013. She will continue to report to Roman Kulich, WellCare's region president for Georgia and South Carolina.
"Kathy was instrumental in the successful transition of UnitedHealthcare's South Carolina Medicaid program to WellCare of South Carolina, and in WellCare's six county Medicaid expansion effort." said Kulich. "Her strong operational health care experience and knowledge of the South Carolina market will continue to be an asset as we work with the state to enhance quality and access to care for South Carolinians."
"WellCare's South Carolina team is focused on serving our members day in and day out, and on working with the state and providers to expand coordinated care to assist more low-income families, seniors, and the blind and disabled," said Warner. "I look forward to continuing our work to deliver better quality, cost-effective health care solutions."
Warner has more than 28 years of health care experience and has served in various health care executive roles. Prior to being WellCare of South Carolina's COO, she was WellCare's vice president of field network management for Georgia. She also served as market COO for central and southwest Georgia. Before joining WellCare in 2006, she served in several leadership roles for Columbus Regional Healthcare System, including CFO and director of managed care contracting from 1995 to 2005.
As of March 31, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 67,000 Medicaid members and 31,000 Medicare 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 March 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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