WellCare and Dawn Staley Partner to Bring Better Health and Hope to Low-Income Families and Children in South Carolina

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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) and Dawn Staley announced today that they are partnering to increase the overall health and wellness of low-income South Carolinians, with a focus on those who are Medicaid eligible in the state.

WellCare presents INNERSOLE with $10,000 to help provide sneakers for children in need throughout South Carolina. (l to r) Angela O’Neal, director of operations, INNERSOLE; Dawn Staley; Kathy Warner,

“WellCare is committed to finding innovative solutions to help those we serve manage the everyday challenges that make it difficult to achieve and maintain optimal health,” said Dave Shafer, state president, WellCare of South Carolina.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) and Dawn Staley announced today that they are partnering to increase the overall health and wellness of low-income South Carolinians, with a focus on those who are Medicaid eligible in the state. As part of the agreement, Staley will serve as spokesperson for WellCare of South Carolina. In addition to the terms of the agreement, WellCare will support Staley’s not for profit organization, INNERSOLE, which gives sneakers to homeless and low-income children to help build their confidence and encourage them to participate in activities that promote good health.

“Growing up in an inner-city housing project, I was surrounded by people struggling to get the resources and information they needed to make the right health care decisions for themselves and their loved ones,” said Staley. “I ultimately chose to partner with WellCare because they are making a substantive difference in economically disadvantaged communities where many potential leaders and contributors to society are hindered from meeting their full potential. WellCare helps to deliver the coordinated health care and services these children and families need.”

“WellCare is committed to finding innovative solutions to help those we serve manage the everyday challenges that make it difficult to achieve and maintain optimal health,” said Dave Shafer, state president, WellCare of South Carolina. “We are excited and pleased to have an opportunity to partner with Dawn and to support the INNERSOLE organization to help more South Carolinians improve the health and well-being of their families.”

Since its inception in May 2013, INNERSOLE has given sneakers to more than 5, 700 homeless and low-income children in South Carolina. As a result of the work it will do with WellCare and other partners in 2015, INNERSOLE expects to give the gift of new sneakers to 100 percent of the homeless children in the state through 2017. To learn more about INNERSOLE and to contribute to its mission go to http://www.innersole.org.

As of Sept 30, 2014, WellCare serves approximately 70,000 Medicaid members, 33,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 3,000 Medicare Advantage members in South Carolina.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled. The company serves approximately 4 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2014. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com or view the company’s videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.

About INNERSOLE
INNERSOLE is a national and international sole movement. A movement that effectively changes the negative impact of poverty on our children. A sole movement that allows a common bond of compassion and humanity uniting us by the gift of giving new sneakers and the responsibility of shaping an enduring imprint. Our goal is to provide new sneakers to children who are homeless and children who are in need. Donate your sole at http://www.innersole.org.

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