Honolulu, HI (Vocus) September 17, 2008
'Ohana Health Plan, one of two health plans selected by the State Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide managed care services through the QUEST Expanded Access (QExA) program, today introduced its senior leadership team. QExA is a new Medicaid program for seniors, 65 and older, and people of all ages with disabilities.
The members of the seven-person leadership team, led by 'Ohana's executive director Erhardt Hsiao-Lin Preitauer and based in Hawai'i, were recruited for their professional skills and knowledge of the special needs of the people of Hawai'i.
"I'm proud of the leadership team we've assembled to serve our members and the State," said Mr. Preitauer. "Each person brings to 'Ohana tremendous knowledge, experience and compassion, and perhaps most importantly, an understanding and respect for our culture. We appreciate the support we continue to receive from our State, health care and community leaders, and we look forward to working together to serve our members."
The 'Ohana leadership team includes (detailed biographies at http://www.ohanacares.com):
Erhardt Hsiao-Lin Preitauer, a native of Kaua'i, is 'Ohana's executive director and senior leader. Preitauer brings more than 12 years experience and provides leadership and development support for the plan's operations, processes and provider network relationships.
James H.T. Tan serves as senior medical director. Tan brings more than 32 years of experience and has practiced on Kaua'i and O'ahu. He is responsible for the performance of the plan's health services and pharmacy operations. He oversees quality management, care management and health and wellness, as well as the provider network contracting strategy.
Rida Ching, a lifelong resident of Hawai'i, is the manager of service coordination. Ching brings more than 20 years of health care experience. Ching is responsible for member service coordination. She provides oversight and leadership for members with health plan management.
Ann M. Chipchase, a lifelong resident of Hawai'i, is responsible for community outreach, marketing, and promotional initiatives. Chipchase has more than 30 years of experience in communications and community relations.
Carolyn Saiki, a lifelong resident of Hawai'i, serves as the human resources director. She brings more than 19 years of experience and is responsible for leadership and guidance to support associate recruiting, retention and development.
Gregory Kono, born and raised on O'ahu, serves as the senior manager of regulatory affairs. Kono, who has more than 10 years of experience, provides oversight and leadership for government and State regulatory affairs.
Ka'ili Honbo, born and raised in Hawai'i, is the senior sales manager with more than 15 years experience. Honbo is responsible for sales, marketing and business development efforts.
In addition to this leadership team, 'Ohana is recruiting approximately 140 associates to fill new 'Ohana positions throughout the State to help start the program and provide support.
About 'Ohana Health Plan
'Ohana Health Plan is a health plan offered by WellCare Health Insurance of Arizona, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG). 'Ohana is one of two health plans awarded a contract to participate QExA, which will provide primary, acute and long-term care for 37,000 DHS Medicaid clients commonly referred to as the aged, blind or disabled (ABD) population. 'Ohana's philosophy is to place members and their families at the center of the health care continuum. Our model is new to Hawai'i and includes local Hawai'i-based service coordinators to personalize interaction with members. Each member will be matched with an 'Ohana service coordinator who will work directly with the member and multi-disciplinary health care team to develop a proactive care treatment plan that meets the members' medical and lifestyle needs. Service coordinators are licensed nurses or experienced professionals such as social workers who are trained in health care management. The company's administrative offices is at Seven Waterfront Plaza at 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 400 in Honolulu. Services are expected to begin February 1, 2009.
WellCare provides managed care services exclusively for government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, the aged, blind and disabled and prescription drug plans, currently serving more than 2.5 million members nationwide. WellCare currently serves more than 1,600 Medicare members in Hawai'i through its Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans. For more information about WellCare, please visit the Company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.
Anne M. Chipchase
anne.chipchase @ wellcare.com
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