TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today the company was named by Fortune magazine as a "World's Most Admired Company." This is the first year WellCare has been named to this prestigious list."To be recognized as a 'Most Admired Company' is a tremendous honor and a testament to the talent, dedication and hard work of our nearly 9,000 associates who each day live our values and deliver on our mission to help our members live better, healthier lives," said Kenneth A. Burdick, WellCare's chief executive officer. As a leading provider of managed care services, including Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, WellCare has embarked on a multi-year strategic plan, which included reinvesting in its people, processes and technology. The company also reaccelerated its efforts to produce operational and clinical excellence, higher quality, growth in its Medicaid and Medicare businesses, and rewarding opportunities for the company's associates. "These efforts have brought value to our members, providers, government partners and the communities we serve, resulting in stronger financial and operational performance," said Burdick. The "World's Most Admired Companies" list is the definitive report card on corporate reputation and is developed annually by Fortune and Korn Ferry. The study surveys top executives and directors from eligible companies, along with financial analysts, to identify the companies that enjoy the strongest reputations within their industries and across industries based on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. To learn more about the Fortune 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list, visit http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies. 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. The company served 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. View original content with multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wellcare-named-one-of-fortune-magazines-most-admired-companies-300585412.html SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.