WellCare Opens Welcome Room in Jackson Heights, NY

A Health Care Information, Education and Sales Facility

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State Assemblyman Francisco Moya and former State Assemblywoman Melinda Katz help John Burke, interim president, WellCare of New York, and other WellCare employees cut the ribbon at the Sept. 20 grand opening of WellCare’s Jackson Heights Welcome Room.

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya and former State Assemblywoman Melinda Katz help John Burke, interim president, WellCare of New York and other WellCare employees cut the ribbon at the Sept. 20 grand

'We are proud to serve the people of this community and look forward to helping them access the services and information they need to lead better and healthier lives,' said John Burke, interim state president, WellCare of New York.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Jackson Heights, N.Y., Welcome Room serving the borough of Queens.

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 Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Long Term Care health plans. The Jackson Heights Welcome Room also provides access to health education and screening, and connects people to community services such as the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s senior and disability discounts. The staff is fluent in the languages most prevalent in the area.

“Queens is one of the most diverse areas in the country, with more than 138 languages spoken in Jackson Heights alone,” said John Burke, interim state president, WellCare of New York. “We are proud to serve the people of this community and look forward to helping them access the services and information they need to lead better and healthier lives.”

During the grand opening, WellCare hosted local leaders, including State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D – New York) and Former State Assemblywoman Melinda Katz (D – New York). WellCare also presented a $2,500 donation to the 82nd Street Partnership for its efforts to improve people’s quality of life and promote economic activity in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens.

“The 82nd Street Partnership has made a commitment to working with residents, businesses, government authorities and community leaders to improve our neighborhoods and promote growth,” said Seth Taylor, executive director of 82nd Street Partnership. “We welcome WellCare’s support and are grateful for their commitment to helping us succeed in making a positive difference in our community.”

“This is a rapidly growing community in ever greater need of services, including quality health care,” said State Senator Jose Peralta (D – New York). “WellCare’s Welcome Room is a valuable and needed new resource that will help address health care disparities historically endured in minority areas in terms of quality and access.”

WellCare operates 19 Welcome Rooms throughout Florida, New York, Connecticut and Texas. 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. The WellCare Welcome Room is located at 91-08 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY 11373.

As of June 30, 2013, WellCare serves approximately 84,000 Medicaid plan members, 41,000 Medicare Advantage plan members, 40,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 4,700 Managed Long Term Care members in New York. For more information about WellCare and its products and services, call 1-866-765-4385 or visit http://www.wellcare.com.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.8 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.


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