NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of Medicaid, Medicare and Prescription Drug programs, announced today that the New York Department of Health has approved the expansion of WellCare of New York, Inc. into three additional counties. The approval adds Broome, Richmond, and Suffolk counties to the company's Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus and Essential Plan programs, effectively immediately.
The expansion complements WellCare's existing 16-county coverage area in Nassau, Kings, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Erie , Niagara, Steuben, Schuyler, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Duchess, Orange, Ulster and Rockland for Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential Plan programs.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to serve more members in New York, in partnership with the State, the new communities we are entering, and our providers," said John J. Burke, president of WellCare of New York. "During the past several months, our team has diligently worked to build partnerships with providers and stakeholders in these new counties, and we look forward to helping more communities achieve better, healthier lives."
WellCare has partnered with the New York Department of Health since 2002 to provide quality care for children, families, seniors and the disabled through Medicaid programs.
As of Dec. 31, 2018, WellCare serves approximately 295,000 members in New York, including 155,000 Medicaid members, 89,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 52,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace. WellCare serves approximately 5.5 million members nationwide as of December 31, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.
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