Flu Season Is Here: A Reminder to Get Vaccinated

By Mark Leenay, M.D.

Anyone who has suffered from the flu will likely remember it as a miserable experience – fever, chills, aches, cough and fatigue – and one that they don’t want to repeat.

With the beginning of fall also comes the official start of the flu season. Flu occurs in the US throughout the year but picks up in late October, peaks in February and the season can last through May.  September and October are the ideal times to get a flu vaccine in order to reduce your risk of falling ill and missing out on work, important life activities or the holiday season. Continue reading “Flu Season Is Here: A Reminder to Get Vaccinated”

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: WellCare Study Examines Top Social Services Needs in First Half of 2019

By Rhonda Mims

Social determinants of health (SDOH) – the conditions in which we live, learn, work and play – can explain, in large part, why some Americans are healthier than others.

That’s why at WellCare, we go beyond healthcare, helping our members manage the many challenges of daily life.

Through our Community Connections program, we help connect our members and non- members, to needed resources – from food and housing to transportation and child care – all in an effort to eliminate barriers to care and pave a path toward better health and independence. Continue reading “Addressing Social Determinants of Health: WellCare Study Examines Top Social Services Needs in First Half of 2019”

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”

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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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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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?”

The Care1st Avondale Resource Center Celebrates a Decade of Service in Arizona

By Scott Cummings

April marks a decade of service for the Care1st Avondale Resource Center.

Ten years ago, Avondale had a limited human services system. If left this way, it could not support its residents. Care1st Health Plan Arizona (Care1st) knew there was a need for these types of services in this underserved area. With this in mind, we sought to find a way to help not only our members, but the community as a whole.

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