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WellCare Names Dr. Ann O. Wehr Chief Medical Officer

TAMPA, Fla., Jul 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that Ann O. Wehr, M.D., will join the Company this month as chief medical officer. Dr. Wehr will report to the chief executive officer and will lead the Company's medical affairs initiatives and health policy strategy.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Wehr will be joining our company and leading our efforts to improve health care quality for our members," said Alec Cunningham, chief executive officer of WellCare. "Her strong health policy credentials and experience managing a health care plan give her a unique perspective and make her an excellent addition to our team."

"WellCare is very focused on enhancing health care quality and access with its provider partners and government customers," said Dr. Wehr. "I look forward to working with these constituencies and WellCare's associates to positively impact the millions of members we serve."

Most recently, Dr. Wehr served as president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico. Before that, she was the chief medical officer of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico. She had previously served as Molina's medical director for its Quality Improvement department. Dr. Wehr was a medical director for Cimarron Health Plan and the vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Mexico. Earlier in her career, Dr. Wehr held leadership positions for Presbyterian Health Care Services, EQUICOR Health Plan, Prudential Plus and Miller Medical Group.

Dr. Wehr earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and her Medical Degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University. She is Board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wehr has an active medical license in New Mexico, Texas and Florida and is a member of numerous professional associations.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services exclusively for government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The Company served approximately 2.2 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2010. For more information about WellCare, please visit the Company's Web site at www.wellcare.com.

SOURCE: WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

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