Going Beyond Medical Care: Delivering Value with Medicaid Managed Care

By Kelly Munson

Today, 40 states partner with managed care organizations (MCOs), or private health insurance providers, to administer their Medicaid benefits and cover the costs of delivering care (North Carolina, the 40th state, is expected to launch its managed care program on Nov. 1, 2019). These plans now cover more than 66 million of the 73 million Americans who depend on Medicaid, the largest source of public health insurance coverage in the nation. Continue reading “Going Beyond Medical Care: Delivering Value with Medicaid Managed Care”

WellCare Named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

By Mark Leenay, M.D.

This month, WellCare earned a top score of 100% in the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI®). This highly respected recognition is based on an annual national survey that scores businesses on their disability inclusion policies and practices and distinguishes WellCare as a “Best Place to Work for Disability InclusionTM by the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Focusing on disability inclusion for our associates and our members is a business imperative and an important part of our comprehensive diversity and inclusion efforts. According to the DEI, companies that improve disability inclusion over time outperform their peers, and leading companies report 28% higher revenue, double the net income and 30% higher economic profit margins. Continue reading “WellCare Named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Recognizing Perinatal and Postpartum Depression

By Dr. Traci Thompson Ferguson

Pregnancy and new parenthood can often be emotional times. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there’s a big difference between what is sometimes called the “baby blues” and the clinical condition known as perinatal and postpartum depression – or PPD. Continue reading “Recognizing Perinatal and Postpartum Depression”

WellCare Celebrates 50 Years of Pride

By Mike Radu

This month, the nation celebrates Pride Month, but this year is particularly special as we recognize the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This dark period in our history became the catalyst for the modern movement for LGBTQ+ equality in the United States and around the world, and WellCare associates are proud to join in and show their true colors of diversity and inclusion.

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Being Community-Minded Is a WellCare Business Imperative

By Rhonda Mims

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, has named WellCare Health Plans, Inc. one of 2019’s 50 most community-minded companies in America. This is the third consecutive year our company has made the coveted list, which is based on The Civic 50 annual survey.

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Shining a Spotlight on Suicide During Men’s Health Month

By Dr. Nicholas Abid

Recently, a dear friend of mine received the phone call every parent dreads. His son “Joe,” a young man in his 40s, had committed suicide, leaving behind three young children and a fiancée.*

Joe had been struggling with depression for years. He recently suffered a number of stressors: his young daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia; his wife had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and passed away within the last year; and, his mother had recently died of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Shining a Spotlight on Suicide During Men’s Health Month”

Preparing America’s Foster Youth for Successful Futures

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to increase awareness of the 440,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system and how we can help improve their quality of life. Many foster youth face barriers to the education, care and resources they need to navigate adulthood successfully after leaving the foster care system.

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Award-Winning Health Programs Are Ultimately Good for Our Members

By Laura Hungiville

The results are in! On May 16, WellCare’s Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) was honored with the 2018 Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) Quality Improvement award, which recognizes the plan with the greatest combined improvement in Star Ratings from 2018 to 2019 on PQA medication measures used within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Part D Star Ratings program.  PQA-endorsed measures include medication adherence related to diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol.

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Turning the Spotlight on Women’s Health

By Robert Stanley London, M.D.

Today, being “busy” has become a way of life – from 24/7 communication to endless to-do lists. But despite busy schedules, we all need to commit the necessary time to take care of ourselves, both physically and mentally. As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I can say this is especially important for women who often overlook their own health and well-being to attend to their jobs or care for their families and friends. Continue reading “Turning the Spotlight on Women’s Health”

Fostering a Spirit of Volunteerism to Help Change Lives

By Rhonda Mims

The notion of giving back to the communities WellCare serves is intrinsically embedded in the very fabric of our company. Our associates are not only encouraged to volunteer, but the company fosters that spirit by supporting their contributions and creating opportunities to give back through the WellCare Associate Volunteer Efforts (WAVE) program.

A fixture of WellCare’s culture, WAVE helps our associates to gain an even deeper appreciation of the needs and critical issues our members face and contribute to the communities in which they live. At the same time, WellCare recognizes that participating in volunteer opportunities will also enrich and inspire the lives of our associates and connect them to others. Continue reading “Fostering a Spirit of Volunteerism to Help Change Lives”

Do You Have an Action Plan for Your Asthma?

By Dr. Maria Samerson

Although potentially life threatening, asthma is a very common condition, effecting more than 26 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, despite being so prevalent, most asthma sufferers don’t have an asthma action plan in place to help them manage the disease. Continue reading “Do You Have an Action Plan for Your Asthma?”