WellCare Donates $50,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness to Advance Peer Support for Recovery

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NAMI's Peer-to-Peer program is an experiential learning opportunity for people with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their recovery and wellness.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
'WellCare focuses on the overall health and wellbeing of our members and the communities in which they live,' said Dr. Steven Goldberg, senior vice president and chief medical officer for WellCare.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the WellCare Community Foundation has donated $50,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

The donation will be divided between the national organization and three NAMI state organizations. In the states, the donation will support NAMI’s Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program. Nationally, the donation will help support the organization’s annual research event.

Across Florida, South Carolina and New York, the donation will help certify 38 mentors and help host 15 support classes. The Peer-to-Peer program is an experiential learning opportunity for people with mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their recovery and wellness. As part of the program, participants attend a series of courses taught by two trained mentors and a volunteer support person who have personal experience in living well with mental illness.

“WellCare focuses on the overall health and wellbeing of our members and the communities in which they live,” said Dr. Steven Goldberg, senior vice president and chief medical officer for WellCare. “By coordinating the delivery of health care and working with community partners like NAMI, we strive to help people receive the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting.”

There are more than 1,000 local NAMI affiliates in communities across the country and in Puerto Rico. To find the closest NAMI state organization or NAMI affiliate, please visit http://www.nami.org. For more information about the Peer-to-Peer Recovery Program call 1-800-950-6264.

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.

About the WellCare Community Foundation
The WellCare Community Foundation was established in 2010 and is a non-profit, private foundation. Its mission is to foster and promote the health, well-being and quality of life for the poor, distressed and other medically underserved populations - including, those who are elderly, young and indigent - and the communities in which they live. The WellCare Community Foundation carries out this mission by supporting work that helps people live healthy, safe and productive lives, and by assisting groups with serious and neglected health needs. Underscoring this mission is the WellCare Community Foundation's goal to serve as a national resource that fosters an environment where there is a continuum of education, access and quality health care, all of which improve the overall health, well-being and quality of life of targeted beneficiaries.

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