Press Release

WellCare of New York Signs Agreements with Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners

Company Release - 4/3/2017 8:30 AM ET

NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., April 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of New York, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced today that it has signed an agreement with Catholic Health and Catholic Medical Partners, an independent practice association (IPA) that provides in-network coverage to WellCare's Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Child Health Plus members.

The agreement provides access to health care services from Catholic Medical Partners providers and at all Catholic Health facilities, including hospitals, labs, diagnostic imaging centers, primary care clinics, and home- and community-based care services. 

"We are excited to partner with Catholic Health which shares our focus on providing quality health care for our members," said John J. Burke, WellCare's state president in New York. "This agreement demonstrates WellCare's ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members."

"Catholic Medical Partners is pleased to join WellCare's provider network to help serve Medicare Advantage and Medicaid members in New York. This partnership will help provide access to nearly 1,000 primary and specialty care physicians in western New York who are committed to achieving better outcomes, lowering costs and improving the patient experience," said Michael Edbauer, DO, MBA, president and CEO for Catholic Medical Partners.

"With four hospitals situated on five campuses and a wide range of ancillary care facilities circling the region, this relationship provides WellCare members with access to some of the most advanced and highest quality care in the region," said Jim Dunlop, executive vice president and CFO for Catholic Health.

As of Dec. 31, 2016, WellCare of New York serves approximately 238,000 members in New York, including 130,000 Medicaid members, 43,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 57,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.

WellCare (HMO) is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in WellCare (HMO) depends on contract renewal. The provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) 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. WellCare serves approximately 3.9 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at or view the company's videos at

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