WellCare of Iowa Signs Agreement with Genesis Health System to Serve Iowa's Medicaid Population

Dec 08, 2015, 16:15 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Iowa, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), and Genesis Health System announced today that they have signed an agreement that allows WellCare of Iowa's Medicaid members to have in-network coverage through the Genesis Health System. This agreement includes access to hospitals, occupational health and rehabilitation facilities; physical therapy, surgery and imaging centers; pharmacies and hospices.

"Our members' health is our first priority and our job is to help ensure they get the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting," said Lauralie Rubel, president, WellCare of Iowa. "We are pleased to come to an agreement with Genesis, which gives our members access to one of the nation's top 100 health systems."

"We are pleased to announce this agreement because of what it means to our patients,'' said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. "Our goal was to create minimal disruption in care for our patients who have Medicaid benefits. WellCare is a trusted national leader in solutions for some of the most vulnerable patients served by healthcare providers."

WellCare of Iowa members participate in Iowa's Medicaid program, IA Health Link; the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan; and the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) programs. Members can call 1-866-334-7927 (TTY 1-877-247-6272), if they have questions about utilizing the Genesis Health System.

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 Sept. 30, 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  Genesis Health System Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners, offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living communities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with nearly 170 primary care providers and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities  Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Genesis Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers.  Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with more than 4,800 employees.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.