WellCare Opens Welcome Room In Beaumont, Texas

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A Health Care Information, Education And Sales Facility

Jim Rich of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and Joe Charles of WellCare cut the ribbon at WellCare’s Beaumont Welcome Room.

Jim Rich of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and Joe Charles of WellCare cut the ribbon at WellCare’s Beaumont Welcome Room.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Welcome Room in Beaumont, Texas. WellCare’s Welcome Rooms are neighborhood health care information, education and sales centers that are open to the public and staffed by WellCare associates to answer questions about Medicare health plans as well as eligibility.

At the celebration, WellCare welcomed community members and local leaders, including Jim Rich, president, and Dale Champagne, membership development and sales manager, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce; and Paige Snyder, membership director, Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.

“I'm pleased WellCare has chosen to expand its operations in our community,” said Rich. “This facility provides an additional option for seniors who want to get more information about health care benefits, and I appreciate the opportunity to welcome WellCare to Beaumont.”

WellCare operates 22 Welcome Rooms throughout Connecticut, Florida, New York and Texas. They offer a comfortable environment where visitors can ask questions about health plans, find out if they are eligible for extra benefits, get online to search for more information and enroll in a WellCare health plan.

With the current Medicare open enrollment period, which runs between October 15 and December 7, this new facility will be a valuable resource for the approximately 40,000 Medicare-eligible residents of Beaumont and surrounding communities.

“WellCare’s mission is to partner with health care providers, governments and communities to provide quality, cost-effective health care solutions,” said Frank Heyliger, WellCare’s region president for La. and Texas. “Every day we have the privilege of helping beneficiaries in Beaumont, and this facility will assist WellCare members, as well as seniors throughout the area, to get access to the tools and information they need to lead better and healthier lives.”

The WellCare Welcome Room is located at 860-B Interstate Highway 10 South, Beaumont, Texas 77707. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As of June 30, 2013, WellCare serves 98,000 Texas residents who are enrolled in its Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug programs.

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.

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