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Missouri Care Signs Agreement with Phelps Health to Serve South-Central Missouri’s Medicaid Population

Published on February 20, 2019

ST. LOUIS and TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Missouri Care, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), announced today that it has signed an agreement with Phelps Health that provides in-network coverage to Missouri Care’s MO HealthNet Managed Care (Medicaid) members. This agreement includes access to Phelps Health Hospital as well as its numerous primary, specialty, immediate and emergency care centers.

“Our agreement with Phelps Health supports Missouri Care’s commitment to partner with strong provider networks in order to provide the best care for our members,” said Lou Gianquinto, president of Missouri Care. “Our members’ health is our first priority, and our focus is ensuring they receive the right care at the right time, in the most appropriate setting. Our partnership with Phelps Health will help deliver cost-effective healthcare solutions for our members in south-central Missouri.”

“We are excited for Missouri Care’s MO HealthNet Managed Care members to have access to Phelps Health services,” said Edward Clayton, president and CEO of Phelps Health. “We believe that this new partnership between our organizations will improve access to quality care in our region.”

Acute care services include, but are not limited to, high-risk maternity, pediatric care, emergency care, heart and vascular services, cancer care, behavioral medicine, neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation in Missouri communities and regions served by Phelps Health. As of Feb. 15, members will have access to more than 10 Phelps Health locations and over 100 providers, covering more than 25 medical specialties, in the six-county area of south-central Missouri.

Missouri Care and WellCare serve MO HealthNet Managed Care (Medicaid) members and Medicare Prescription Drug members throughout Missouri.

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 5.5 million members nationwide as of December 31, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.

About Phelps Health

Phelps Health is one of Missouri’s leading regional referral centers, serving over 200,000 residents in south-central Missouri. Phelps Health is county-owned, non-tax supported and is overseen by a five-member elected board. Phelps Health employs more than 1,800 people, including 100-plus providers. Phelps Health, which includes a hospital licensed for 242 patient beds, serves a six-county area, with its main campus and several clinics located in Rolla, Missouri. Phelps Health also has clinics in Salem, St. James, Vienna and Waynesville, Missouri. For more information about Phelps Health, visit www.phelpshealth.org.

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