TAMPA, Fla. (November 14, 2012) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that its employees and its foundation combined to contribute more than $100,000 to the American Diabetes Association. The monies raised by WellCare employees and the donation from the WellCare Community Foundation will help support the association in its movement to Stop Diabetes®.
The company`s employees raised more than $56,000 by participating in the American Diabetes Association`s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event. WellCare employees formed 20 teams with more than 300 registered walkers across Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Texas. In WellCare`s headquarters` city of Tampa, Fla., more than 200 walkers raised nearly $40,000 for the local American Diabetes Association office. The WellCare Community Foundation contributed an additional $50,000.
"WellCare has the privilege of managing the health care needs of millions of people across the country and our goal is to help our members lead better and healthier lives," said Alec Cunningham, WellCare`s CEO. "I am proud to work with so many people who are dedicated to helping fight a disease that impacts so many of our members, families and friends."
"The American Diabetes Association applauds WellCare`s efforts," said David McShea, National Director, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. "Over the last four years, WellCare and its employees have donated more than $200,000 to the association. Every dollar raised through Step Out is important and supports our mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of the people affected by it."
About the WellCare Community Foundation
The WellCare Community Foundation was established in 2010 and is a non-profit, private foundation. Its mission is to foster and promote the health, well-being and quality of life for the poor, distressed and other medically under-served populations - including, those who are elderly, young and indigent - and the communities in which they live. The WellCare Community Foundation carries out this mission by supporting work that helps people live healthy, safe and productive lives, and by assisting groups with serious and neglected health needs. Underscoring this mission is the WellCare Community Foundation`s goal to serve as a national resource that fosters an environment where there is a continuum of education, access and quality health care, all of which improve the overall health, well-being and quality of life of targeted beneficiaries.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to 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 serves approximately 2.6 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company`s website at www.wellcare.com.
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