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Staywell Health Plan Selected to Provide Medicaid Services in Florida

Company Release - 5/7/2018 8:00 AM ET

TAMPA, Fla., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As previously announced by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) on April 24, 2018, Staywell Health Plan, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), received a Notice of Agency Decision from AHCA that it intends to award Staywell a new five-year contract to provide managed care services to Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries in the state of Florida. The new Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program is expected to begin no earlier than Oct. 1, 2018.

Staywell Health Plans, Inc. is a WellCare health plan dedicated to serving Medicaid members in Florida. (PRNewsFoto/WellCare Health Plans, Inc.) (PRNewsFoto/WellCare Health Plans, Inc.)

Staywell has been selected to serve Comprehensive Plan members in 10 of 11 regions (all counties except Broward), representing an increase of two regions (nine counties). Under the Comprehensive Plan, Staywell will continue to provide Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) services and add Long-Term Care (LTC) services for Medicaid beneficiaries ages 18 and older in need of nursing facility-level care.

Staywell has also been selected to serve Specialty Plan members with a diagnosis of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) across all 11 regions of the SMMC program. Under the SMI Specialty Plan, Staywell will serve members ages six and older diagnosed with a serious mental illness or behavioral health condition. Staywell will be the sole SMI Specialty Plan contractor for the Florida SMMC program.

"Staywell has proudly served Florida's Medicaid managed care program for more than 20 years," said Elizabeth Miller, WellCare's state president in Florida. "This announcement reflects our proven track record of providing access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare for our Medicaid members. We look forward to partnering with the state, our network of providers and our local communities to deliver quality care and services that help Floridians live better, healthier lives."

Under the current SMMC program, nationally accredited health plans provide access to health services to approximately 2.9 million MMA beneficiaries, 100,000 LTC beneficiaries and 78,000 SMI beneficiaries in Florida, as of March 31, 2018.

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. The company served approximately 4.3 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at

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Additional information concerning these and other important risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), included under the captions "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-­K for the year ended December 31, 2017, the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and other filings by WellCare with the SEC, which contain discussions of WellCare's business and the various factors that may affect it. Subsequent events and developments may cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from WellCare's forward-looking statements. WellCare undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements to reflect any future events, developments, or otherwise.

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