WellCare of Iowa Signs Agreement with Mercy Health Network to Serve Iowa's Medicaid Population

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

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Iowa, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), and Mercy Health Network announced today they have signed an agreement that gives WellCare of Iowa's Medicaid members in-network coverage through the Mercy Health Network (MHN). This agreement includes access to medical centers, community hospitals, physician clinics, urgent care centers, ambulatory care centers, skilled nursing facilities and other services and facilities owned by or affiliated with MHN. Acute care services include, but are not limited to, maternity and infant care, children's care, emergency care, cancer care, behavioral medicine, cardiac care, senior care, neurology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation in all of the communities and regions of Iowa served by MHN.

"This agreement with Mercy Health Network further supports our efforts to partner with strong provider networks to best care for our members," said Lauralie Rubel, president, WellCare of Iowa. "Our members' health is our first priority, and our focus is ensuing they get the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting."

"We are pleased to announce this agreement with WellCare as it represents our commitment to provide health care services for all in need,'' said David Vellinga, CEO of Mercy Health Network. "We look forward to a long-term partnership with WellCare that continues our focus on improving the quality of care, and health and well-being of low-income families and children in our communities."

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 1-855-599-3811 (TTY 1-877-247-6272), if they have questions about utilizing the Mercy Health Network.

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 Mercy Health Network Mercy Health Network (MHN) is an integrated system of member hospitals and other health and patient care facilities united into one operating organization to improve the delivery of healthcare services to the people of Iowa and adjoining states. MHN was created to add value to participating organizations and communities by containing costs, improving quality, increasing accessibility to care, and enhancing services to patients and their families. One in four Iowans who seek health care do so at a MHN-affiliated organization.  MHN's two national sponsors own and operate medical centers and other services in Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, and Sioux City and community hospitals in six other locations.  In addition, MHN has 27 members who participate through contracts for management and other services. Mercy Health Network (MHN) was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan.

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150701/227667LOGO

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151216/296627LOGO

SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.