WellCare Partners with The American Diabetes Association to Fight Diabetes in Illinois

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Company gives $75,000 in support of Team Red in five cities across the country.

Jeanette Flom, American Diabetes Association of Northern Illinois, Miguel Torres, WellCare, and Kris Gutierrez, CBS 2 Chicago news, with WellCare’s Team Red donation at the ADA Step Out Walk.

“We support the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts in this community because of the impact diabetes is having on our members in Illinois,” said Dave Reynolds, WellCare’s region president for Conn., Ill., Mo., N.J., N.Y. and Ohio.

Harmony Health Plan, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., (NYSE: WCG), supported the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event in Chicago on September 29 to raise awareness and funds to help the more than 25 million Americans living with the disease.

WellCare, in conjunction with the WellCare Community Foundation, is a sponsor of Team Red, which provides an opportunity for individual walkers in select cities to join a team in their area. The company is supporting five Team Reds from across the country, including Chicago, with a total contribution of $75,000. In Illinois, WellCare’s Harmony Health Plan also held fundraisers and formed a walk team comprised of associates, friends and family members.

“We support the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts in this community because of the impact diabetes is having on our members in Illinois,” said Dave Reynolds, WellCare’s region president for Conn., Ill., Mo., N.J., N.Y. and Ohio. “Our focus on preventative care and planning aligns with the work the ADA is doing to reduce the effect of this disease in our state.”

“We are gratified to have WellCare’s support in Chicago,” said Jeanette Flom, executive director, American Diabetes Association of Northern Illinois. “Their efforts help us to continue our work to slow the growth of a disease that touches nearly 1 million people in our Chicagoland communities.

As part of its efforts to fight diabetes, WellCare identifies members with the disease and performs outreach using a team of registered nurses and health professionals with clinical experience with diabetes. WellCare also provides education and health coaching to members and their caregivers, empowering them to make behavioral changes, self-manage their condition, and ensure the choices they make will improve their health and quality of life, and reduce medical costs.

As of June 30, 2013, WellCare serves approximately 143,000 Medicaid plan members, 14,000 Medicare Advantage plan members, and 23,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Illinois. 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.

About Harmony Health Plan

Harmony Health Plan, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. The company works with doctors, hospitals, governments and communities to provide quality, cost-effective health care solutions. As of June 30, 2013, Harmony serves more than 179,000 members in 18 counties in Illinois.

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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