Ms. New York United States 2014 Joins WellCare and New York City Public Advocate for Educational Public Health Awareness Summit

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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, is partnering with the New York City Public Advocate’s office to offer a free Educational Public Health Awareness Summit for New York City residents.

Ms. New York United States, Patrice Hamilton

“We encourage everyone to tell their family and friends about the screenings and information that will be available at the summit. These preventive measures have the potential to save lives,” said John Burke, president, WellCare of New York.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, is partnering with the New York City Public Advocate’s office to offer a free Educational Public Health Awareness Summit for New York City residents. The summit, which celebrates Black History Month, will offer health screenings, flu and influenza vaccinations, entertainment and informational sessions about diseases that are prevalent among African Americans.

Special guest, Ms. New York United States 2014, Patrice Hamilton, will share what it’s like to live with sickle cell anemia. Although she was diagnosed with the disease at birth, it wasn’t until Hamilton was 16 years old that she learned that the years of pain she endured were related to the disease. She tells her story of thriving despite the disease. She will also share how she dedicates her time and efforts to raising awareness about it.

“Our Educational Public Health Awareness Summit is a great way to help the people of New York improve their health by providing preventive services like screenings and immunizations,” said New York City Public Advocate, Letitia James. “I am grateful to companies like WellCare that invest in the long-term health of our community.”

“WellCare’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for seniors, low-income children and families,” said John Burke, president, WellCare of New York. “We encourage everyone to tell their family and friends about the screenings and information that will be available at the summit. These preventive measures have the potential to save lives.”

In addition to WellCare of New York and the New York City Public Advocate’s office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region II Office of Minority Health, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, Delete Blood Cancer and Walgreens will be on-site to answer questions about their services.

The summit will take place Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, New York, N.Y. A ticket is required to attend the event. Please contact the Public Advocate’s office at 212-669-4127 or afelton(at)pubadvocate(dot)nyc(dot)gov to receive tickets.

As of Sept. 30, 2014, WellCare serves approximately 105,000 Medicaid plan members, 52,000 Medicare Advantage plan members, 58,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 7,000 Managed Long Term Care members in New York.

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 the NYC Public Advocate
On January 1, 2014, Letitia James was sworn in as the Public Advocate for the City of New York, the first woman of color to hold a citywide position in our city’s history. In her first months in office, she successfully pushed forth proposals to bring Universal School Lunch and police body-worn cameras to New York City. This fall, the office re-launched the city’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, expanding the list and adding significant technological upgrades. The Public Advocate’s office serves as an ombudsman, or "watchdog," for New Yorkers by providing oversight for city agencies, investigating citizens' complaints about city services, and making recommendations to improve those services.

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