WellCare Senior Medical Director, Dr. Brian Stratta, Inducted Into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago

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Dr. Stratta, an Illinois native and family practitioner since 1985, was nominated by Dr. Arvind Goyal, Illinois’ Medicaid medical director, and inducted at the IOMC’s annual meeting and awards dinner in early June.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) congratulates Dr. Brian Stratta, the company’s senior medical director for Illinois and Ohio, on his induction as a Fellow into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC). Dr. Stratta, an Illinois native and family practitioner since 1985, was nominated by Dr. Arvind Goyal, Illinois’ Medicaid medical director, and inducted at the IOMC’s annual meeting and awards dinner in early June.

The IOMC addresses critical health issues through education, research, communication and community engagement. Fellows are graduates in medicine and allied fields, or distinguished persons engaged in allied pursuits, whose professional contributions are meritorious, who demonstrate leadership in improving the health of the community, and who manifest the highest ethics, standards and principles of professionalism. With the health of the public at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to better meet the needs of the Chicagoland community.

“It is a great honor to be part of this institution, and I look forward to working with its distinguished membership toward driving innovations in health care,” said Dr. Stratta. “In addition, I am eager to benefit from the exchange of ideas as we at WellCare work to improve the quality of care we provide to our members.”

“We are gratified to welcome Dr. Stratta to our organization,” said Barry Eisenberg, IOMC president. “His enthusiasm, dedication and long experience in the field of primary care will be an asset to our organization and to the health of communities in the Chicago area.”

For more information about the IOMC, please visit http://www.iomc.org.

As of March 31, 2013, WellCare serves approximately 145,000 Medicaid members, 13,000 Medicare Advantage members and 23,000 Prescription Drug Plan members in Illinois.

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 2.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at http://www.wellcare.com.

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