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”
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”
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.
Continue reading “WellCare Celebrates 50 Years of Pride”
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.
Continue reading “Being Community-Minded Is a WellCare Business Imperative”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Preparing America’s Foster Youth for Successful Futures”
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. Continue reading “What You Need to Know about Osteoporosis”
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.
Continue reading “Award-Winning Health Programs Are Ultimately Good for Our Members”
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”
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”
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?”
By Bill Jones
Today prescription opioid abuse among pregnant women has reached epidemic proportions. From 1992 to 2012, expectant moms reporting prescription opioid abuse increased substantially from 2% to 28%. Here in Kentucky, we have one of the country’s highest rates of women diagnosed with opioid use disorder when giving birth. In 2014, such cases accounted for 19.3 out of every 1,000-delivery hospitalizations, well above the national average 6.5 per 1,000 for that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading “Supporting Moms and Babies Impacted by Opioids in Kentucky”