TAMPA, Fla. (March 5, 2013) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has approved WellCare of New York, Inc.'s expansion of its Advocate Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) health plan. The expansion adds four new counties to the company's MLTC service area: Nassau, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester counties.
WellCare opened member enrollment for its Advocate health plan in the four new counties on March 1. This expansion complements WellCare's existing MLTC nine-county coverage in the Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York, Buffalo, Orange, Rockland, Erie and Ulster counties.
Advocate is a managed long-term care health plan designed specifically for people who have Medicaid. Members receive help with day-to-day activities, including home and personal care so that they can remain in their homes and communities.
"WellCare is strongly committed to serving the health care needs of New Yorkers," said Kevin Conroy, president, WellCare of New York. "The Advocate plan serves a vulnerable population and we look forward to helping these members and their families access the quality care and services they need to improve their health and enhance their lives."
WellCare's managed long-term care services in New York are provided to approximately 4,000 members as of February 2013 through the company's Advocate and Advocate Plus plans.
For more information about WellCare's Medicaid plans and services in New York, members and health care providers can visit www.newyork.wellcare.com or call 1-877-389-9457 (TTY/TDD: 1-877-247-6272).
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 Dec. 31, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.
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