WellCare of Kentucky Opens Welcome Room to Serve Louisville-Area Residents

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Jefferson County Teacher Named CommUnity Hero at Facilities’ Open House

Ben Orris, WellCare of Kentucky COO, presents Kitty Head, a Jefferson County teacher, with a WellCare CommUnity Hero Award for dedicating nearly 30 years to helping those in need achieve a GED.

“This new Welcome Room extends our presence in the community and makes it easier for Louisville-area residents to access important health information right where they live and work,” said Kelly Munson, WellCare's regional president for Kentucky.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, announced today that WellCare of Kentucky opened a new Welcome Room to serve residents in the Louisville area. WellCare’s Welcome Rooms are neighborhood health care information, education and sales centers that are open to the public and staffed by WellCare associates who can answer questions about Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace. They offer a comfortable environment where visitors can ask questions about health plans, find out if they are eligible for extra benefits, get online to search for more information and enroll in a WellCare health plan.

“WellCare of Kentucky is focused on increasing access to care for those who need help most, including children and families, and the elderly, disabled and those with complex medical needs,” said Kelly Munson, WellCare’s senior vice president and regional president for Kentucky, as well as six additional states. “This new Welcome Room extends our presence in the community and makes it easier for Louisville-area residents to access important health information right where they live and work.”

As part of on-going efforts to serve the community, WellCare hosted an open house at the new Welcome Room. During the event, WellCare of Kentucky presented Kitty Head, an adult education teacher in Jefferson County, with its CommUnity Hero Award. Head was recognized for the nearly three decades she has dedicated herself to helping adults successfully complete General Educational Development (GED) testing, which qualifies them for a Certificate of High School Equivalency.

"I am so honored to receive this award," said Head. "WellCare understands that education brings opportunities and helps people to drastically improve their quality of life. Nothing compares to seeing the pride on the faces of those who earn their GED credentials, as it opens doors for them to help themselves, their families and their communities."

WellCare of Kentucky covers the cost of General Educational Development (GED) testing for eligible members. For more information about the GED benefits in Kentucky, please visit http://kentucky.wellcare.com/member or call 1-877-389-9457 (TTY/TDD 1-877-247-6272) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This is WellCare’s first Welcome Room in the commonwealth. Currently, WellCare operates 33 Welcome Rooms throughout the country in states including Florida, Hawaii, New York and Texas. For more information about the services offered at WellCare’s Louisville Welcome Room, call 1-502-772-5101.

As of March 31, 2015, WellCare serves approximately 441,000 Medicaid members, 6,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 21,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Kentucky. To learn more about how we care for Kentuckians, watch Brandi’s story at http://youtu.be/YwOw5EgeSYo.

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 3.8 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2015. 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.

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