WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the Florida Department of Elder Affairs has approved WellCare of Florida to participate in the state’s Long-Term Care Community Diversion Pilot Project. WellCare services under this program are expected to begin on July 1, 2012, and will focus on coordinating health and community-based services for program enrollees in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
“We are pleased to partner with community-based providers in the traditional aging network to bring nursing home diversion to Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties,” said Chrissie Cooper, president of WellCare’s Florida and Hawaii Division. “We pride ourselves on our member-centric care, incorporating a high-touch approach to ensure that our members have access to the home and community-based services and support they need to remain safely in their homes as an alternative to institutionalized care.” Cooper also emphasized WellCare’s commitment to the Pensacola region, highlighting that, “We now offer a full range of Medicare, Medicaid and diversion programs in the Pensacola region, which enables us to effectively serve our dually eligible members along the full continuum of care.”
As of March 31, 2012, WellCare served approximately 520,000 Florida statewide members in Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare prescription drug plans and the Florida Medicaid Program. As of March 31, 2012, WellCare served more than 110,000 dual eligible members nationwide through its Medicare and Medicaid health 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 2.5 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the Company’s website at www.wellcare.com.