WellCare of Iowa Signs Agreement with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to Serve Iowa's Medicaid Population

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

DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Iowa, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), and the University of Iowa (UI) Hospitals and Clinics announced today that they have signed an agreement that gives WellCare of Iowa's Medicaid members in-network coverage through the UI Health Care Network. This agreement includes access to both UI Hospitals and Clinics, and UI Children's Hospital.

UI Hospitals and Clinics, and UI Children's Hospital together deliver quality care in collaboration with University of Iowa Physicians, the state's largest multi-specialty medical and surgical group practice composed of faculty physicians of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. These partners work together as UI Heath Care to provide patient care, conduct biomedical research and train the next generation of health professionals.

"This agreement with UI Health Hospitals and Clinics further supports in-network coverage for our members in Iowa," said Lauralie Rubel, president, WellCare of Iowa. "Our members' health is our first priority and our job is to collaborate with our provider partners to help ensure they get the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting."

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 UI Health Care 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 UI Hospitals and Clinics University of Iowa Health Care is the state's only comprehensive academic medical center, dedicated to providing world-class health care and health-related outreach services to all Iowans. Based in Iowa City, UI Health Care includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals," recognized by Forbes as #12 in its 2015 "best employers" list, and winner of the 2014 Magnet Prize® for Nursing. University of Iowa Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Iowa nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's "Best Children's Hospitals." UI Health Care also includes the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, known for curricular innovation and breakthrough research, and University of Iowa Physicians, the state's largest multi-specialty physician group practice, with more than 1,400 physicians, residents, and fellows. UI Health Care is a founding member of the UI Health Alliance, formed in 2012 to advance high-quality health care with hospitals and clinics throughout Iowa and contiguous communities. Follow us on Twitter at @uihealthcare. For more information visit About Us.

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SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.