Tampa, Florida (January 23, 2012) - WellCare Health
Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the Hawai'i
Department of Human Services awarded 'Ohana Health Plan
('Ohana), a health plan offered by WellCare Health
Insurance of Arizona, Inc., a contract to serve Hawaii's
QUEST Medicaid program.
'Ohana is one of five health plans selected to
serve approximately 230,000 beneficiaries across the state.
Beneficiaries of the QUEST program include low-income
individuals, families and children who are not aged, blind or
disabled. Services are expected to begin on or about July 1,
2012, and 'Ohana will coordinate medical, behavioral and
pharmacy services with a focus on improving health care
access and the quality of care. The award is conditioned on
the execution of a definitive contract.
'Ohana currently serves approximately 26,000
Hawai'i residents through its Aged, Blind, and Disabled
Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Plans.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services
targeted to government-sponsored health care programs,
focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa,
Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for
families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as
well as prescription drug plans. The company served
approximately 2.4 million members nationwide as of September
30, 2011. For more information about WellCare, please visit
the company's website at
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