WellCare of Iowa to Contest State Official's Decision to Overturn Medicaid Contract Award

Dec 18, 2015, 19:39 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

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DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of Iowa, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced today that the company will aggressively contest the order issued by Janet Phipps, director of Iowa's Department of Administrative Services, which overturned the state's original decision to award a Medicaid contract to WellCare of Iowa.

"This decision does not accurately reflect the facts, the integrity of Iowa's procurement process or Iowa law," said Lauralie Rubel, state president, WellCare of Iowa. "WellCare intends to use every avenue available within the legal system to correct this erroneous outcome. We will immediately seek an injunction that maintains the status quo to allow WellCare of Iowa to continue its participation in the program while this matter is appealed in a court of law."

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.

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