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TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2013) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading
provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs,
announced that effective today, the transition of the former UnitedHealthcare
South Carolina Medicaid program is completed and WellCare of South Carolina is
now fully operational. The acquisition of UnitedHealthcare's South Carolina
Medicaid business closed on Feb. 1, 2013.
As of June 30, 2013, WellCare of South Carolina serves approximately 51,000
Medicaid members in 39 counties across the state, including the Columbia,
Florence and Greenville metropolitan areas, through the South Carolina Healthy
Connections Choices program.
"The WellCare team is excited to begin operations," said Dave Shafer, WellCare
of South Carolina President. "We look forward to continuing our strong
relationship with the state and partnering with providers and communities to
quality, cost-effective health care solutions to our Medicaid members
throughout the state."
Former UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members have been automatically enrolled
in the WellCare of South Carolina plan, and have been mailed a new ID card and
new member kit that includes important information about WellCare of South
Carolina. Members will experience no changes in their plan benefits. Providers
who were contracted with United Healthcare Community Plan are now part of the
WellCare provider network through existing agreements. Plan members and
providers can call 1-888-588-9842 (TTY/TDD 1-977-247-6272) if they have any
As of June 30, 2013, WellCare also serves approximately 10,000 Medicare
Prescription Drug Plan members in South Carolina.
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, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for
families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription
drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.8 million members nationwide as
of June 30, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the
company's website at www.wellcare.com.
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