WellCare Completes Transition of South Carolina Medicaid Program

WellCare announced that effective today, the transition of the former UnitedHealthcare South Carolina Medicaid program is completed and WellCare of South Carolina is now fully operational.

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WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Tampa, Fla. (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, announced that effective today, the transition of the former UnitedHealthcare South Carolina Medicaid program is completed and WellCare of South Carolina is now fully operational. The acquisition of UnitedHealthcare’s South Carolina Medicaid business closed on Feb. 1, 2013.

As of June 30, 2013, WellCare of South Carolina serves approximately 51,000 Medicaid members in 39 counties across the state, including the Columbia, Florence and Greenville metropolitan areas, through the South Carolina Healthy Connections Choices program.

"The WellCare team is excited to begin operations," said Dave Shafer, WellCare of South Carolina President. "We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the state and partnering with providers and communities to deliver, quality, cost-effective health care solutions to our Medicaid members throughout the state."

Former UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members have been automatically enrolled in the WellCare of South Carolina plan, and have been mailed a new ID card and new member kit that includes important information about WellCare of South Carolina. Members will experience no changes in their plan benefits. Providers who were contracted with United Healthcare Community Plan are now part of the WellCare provider network through existing agreements. Plan members and providers can call 1-888-588-9842 (TTY/TDD 1-977-247-6272) if they have any questions.

As of June 30, 2013, WellCare also serves approximately 10,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in South Carolina.

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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