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WellCare selected to continue participating in the Florida Healthy Kids program

WellCare Health Plans Inc. announced Tuesday that its Staywell Health Plan has been selected by the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. (FHKC) to continue to provide managed care services for children 5 to 18 years old, as part of the Florida Healthy Kids (FHK) program.

Pending execution, the two-year contract will begin on Oct. 1 and may be extended for two additional years at FHKC’s discretion.

Staywell will have an opportunity to serve children in the FHK program who live in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Those regions include the Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Miami metropolitan areas.

“WellCare’s Staywell plan is proud to continue providing quality, low-cost health care solutions for children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid,” said Gregg MacDonald, state president, WellCare of Florida. “We have been serving the FHK program for more than 10 years and look forward to working with the FHKC to ensure more children have access to the care they need to live better, healthier lives.”

As of March 31, WellCare serves about 761,000 Medicaid plan members, 66,000 Florida Healthy Kids members, 106,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 43,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Florida.

Headquartered in Tampa, WellCare Health Plans Inc. focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The company serviced about 3.8 million members nationwide as of March 31.

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