NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) and the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NYCHCC) announced today that WellCare of New York was awarded the inaugural Anthony Chiarelli Employment Engagement Award in honor of its "successful practices [that] have provided compelling results on the value of diversity in corporate America."Alex Diaz, senior manager of Medicaid Sales for WellCare, accepted the award on behalf of the company on Nov. 9 during the NYCHCC 2017 Relief Mission to Puerto Rico in San Juan. While in Puerto Rico, he joined staff from the YMCA of Santurce to assist with clean-up and restoration. NYCHCC is dedicated to representing and advocating for Hispanic businesses in New York City in a cohesive and collective way. The organization helps to ensure the success of Hispanic businesses and the community they serve. The Anthony Chiarelli Employment Engagement Award recognizes companies that understand employee engagement is a critical asset in the efforts to expand consumer segments while developing talent and recruiting the best employees. "We are privileged to have members like WellCare of New York on our team. They continuously show their support and commitment to the Hispanic community, especially in times of need. The Employment Engagement Award was well deserved as WellCare's corporate practices are a model worth emulating," said Cindy Estrada, NYCHCC executive director. As home to more than 1 million Puerto Ricans, many New Yorkers had family members impacted by the destruction caused this fall by Hurricane Maria. To support this community, Dr. Sander Koyfman, WellCare of New York's behavioral health behavioral health medical director, joined the Dominican Medical-Dental Community Outreach Society to deliver medical supplies and services to the island. In addition, associates provided water and other supplies for relief efforts. "WellCare of New York is honored to be the recipient of the Anthony Chiarelli Employment Engagement Award. Our culture is built around doing the right thing to keep the trust of those we serve and with whom we work," said John J. Burke, WellCare's state president in New York. "This honor recognizes the efforts of our entire team to help our communities live better, healthier lives." The award is named for Anthony "Tony" Chiarelli, who passed away April 2017 after battling leukemia. A WellCare of New York marketing community outreach manager, Chiarelli worked closely with elected officials, community organizations, the New York Police Department, and others throughout the Northeast to help ensure residents have the resources to achieve the best possible health outcomes. As of Sept. 30, 2017 WellCare serves approximately 138,000 Medicaid members, 89,000 Medicare Advantage members, 57,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 6,000 Managed Long Term Care members in New York. 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 4.3 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2017. 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. View original content with multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wellcare-of-new-york-honored-by-new-york-city-hispanic-chamber-of-commerce-for-community-engagement-300562056.html SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.