WellCare selected to continue serving Kentucky’s Medicaid Managed Care Program, awarded sole contract for new Kentucky SKY Program

Published 10:40 am Wednesday, December 4, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla. — WellCare Health Plans, Inc. announced today the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services selected WellCare of Kentucky (“WellCare”) to continue serving the Commonwealth’s Medicaid managed care program in all eight program regions. The new five-year contract is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2020.

WellCare has provided Medicaid managed care services for Kentuckians since 2011, and under the new contract will continue to coordinate medical, behavioral and dental health for eligible Medicaid recipients in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP); and Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) programs.

WellCare was also selected as the sole contractor for the Kentucky SKY (Supporting Kentucky Youth) program. Under the program, WellCare will serve all children in Kentucky’s foster care system, including former foster care youth, some children who have been adopted from foster care, as well as children dually committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) system, benefitting approximately 24,000 enrollees.

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“WellCare is proud to continue working with the Commonwealth to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions that help deliver better health outcomes for our members and the communities we serve,” said William Jones, WellCare’s north division president and state president for Kentucky. “We have partnered with the state and its managed Medicaid program since its inception and look forward to working collaboratively with our state partners, our network of providers and our local communities to continue to deliver quality care and services that help Kentuckians live better, healthier lives.”

As of Sept. 30, 2019, WellCare serves approximately 438,000 Medicaid members, 14,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 33,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Kentucky.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace. WellCare serves approximately 6.4 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2019. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company’s website at www.wellcare.com.