WellCare of New York Expands Medicaid and Child Health Plus Programs to 5 Additional Counties

Nov 24, 2015, 08:30 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, today announced that the New York Department of Health has approved WellCare of New York, Inc.'s expansion of its Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus programs. The expansion adds five new counties to the company's service area: Nassau, Niagara, Schenectady, Schuyler and Steuben, effective Nov. 3.

The expansion complements WellCare's existing 11-county coverage area in Albany, Bronx, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Rensselaer, Rockland and Ulster.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to help even more people get the care and services they need to improve their health and quality of life," said John J. Burke, president of WellCare of New York. "WellCare is dedicated to helping low-income children and families, the elderly and disabled live better, healthier lives through collaborative and holistic care coordination and supportive disease management with an emphasis on preventive care."

WellCare has partnered with the New York State Department of Health since 2002 to provide quality care for children, families, seniors and the disabled through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), New York Child Health Plus, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 112,000 Medicaid members, 47,000 Medicare Advantage members, 51,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 7,500 Managed Long Term Care members in New York.

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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