TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that WellCare of Iowa, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, signed a contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services to serve Iowa's Medicaid Managed Care program, IA Health Link, statewide. Services under the contract are expected to begin Jan. 1, 2016. The contract is for three years and may be extended for two additional two-year terms at the state's discretion.
Under the contract, WellCare will serve Iowa Medicaid, the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, and the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) programs. WellCare will also coordinate care for Iowans who participate in the state's seven home- and community-based services waiver (HCBS) programs: AIDS/HIV, Brain Injury, Children's Mental Health, Elderly, Health and Disability, Intellectual Disability, and Physical Disability.
"WellCare is excited to participate in the launch of Iowa's Medicaid Managed Care program," said Lauralie Rubel, WellCare's Iowa state president. "We have a proven track record of successfully transitioning Medicaid beneficiaries to managed Medicaid, which is focused on improving the quality, access and efficiency of care delivered to those who participate in Medicaid programs. We look forward to partnering with the state, providers and communities to help ensure our members get the care they need, when and where they need it, to deliver better health outcomes and lower the costs of care for Iowans."
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 June 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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