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WellCare growing Medicaid services


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  • | 3:14 p.m. November 27, 2013
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TAMPA — WellCare Health Plans Inc. has been approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to offer Medicaid in six additional counties in the state starting Jan. 1.

WellCare will be expanding to Charleston, Chesterfield, Greenwood, Kershaw, McCormick and Spartanburg counties. With this approval, WellCare will provide Medicaid services in 45 out of 46 counties in South Carolina.

In addition, starting the first of the year, Carolina Medical Homes will transition its members to WellCare as a result of changes to the Healthy Connections Choices Medicaid managed care program and WellCare's purchase of certain assets from Carolina Medical Homes.

Carolina Medical Homes provide medical homes network services, also known as care coordination services, for Medicaid beneficiaries.

“This six-county expansion will allow WellCare to provide Medicaid services to beneficiaries in nearly every county in South Carolina,” Dave Shafer, president, WellCare of South Carolina, says in a press release. “It will also help us to ensure that almost all of the members transitioning from Carolina Medical Homes will be able to continue their care with their current primary care providers.”

As of Sept. 30, WellCare served roughly 50,000 Medicaid and 11,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in South Carolina.

 

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