Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Windsor Health Group, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., a part of Munich Re. Through its subsidiaries, Windsor serves Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), and Medicare Supplement products in many states across the U.S.
“Windsor’s focus on lower income Medicare beneficiaries and those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is an excellent fit with WellCare’s Medicare and broader government health care programs strategy,” said Alec Cunningham, WellCare’s CEO. “Windsor has been strengthening its products and service performance, and expects to experience further improvement in 2014 and beyond.”
Windsor currently offers Medicare Advantage plans in 297 counties primarily in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Carolina, among others, and serves approximately 59,000 members. Windsor’s PDPs serve approximately 164,000 members. In addition, one of Windsor’s subsidiaries offers Medicare Supplement insurance policies through which it serves approximately 52,000 members in 40 states.
Members and policyholders will experience no change in their plan benefits and coverage as a result of the acquisition. “We will work closely with Windsor Health Group to help ensure a smooth transition for members,” said Cunningham.
WellCare expects the acquisition of Windsor to close within the next three to four months, subject to customary regulatory approvals. The company is not disclosing the financial terms of the transaction. WellCare anticipates the transaction will be accretive to its 2014 net income.
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, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company served 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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Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found under the captions "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in WellCare’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in WellCare’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2013 and other subsequent filings by WellCare with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain discussions of WellCare’s business and the various factors that may affect it. WellCare undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements to reflect any future events, developments, or otherwise.