TAMPA, Fla. (May 20, 2013) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) recently entered into an agreement with Take Care Health Systems, a subsidiary of Walgreens (NYSE, Nasdaq: WAG), to offer its Medicare Advantage members access to the more than 370 Take Care Clinics located at select Walgreens stores in 19 states and Washington, D.C. As of March 2013, WellCare serves more than 256,000 Medicare Advantage members in 14 states.
Take Care Clinics are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to treat patients 18 months and older. Services include treatment of common illnesses; assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol; a wide range of immunizations; preventive health services; and administrative and camp physicals.
"This agreement is consistent with our commitment to expand our members' access to high-quality health care," said John Crowley, WellCare's Vice President of Corporate Network Contracting.
Take Care Clinics also offer Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visits and Medicare Yearly Wellness Visits. The visits are wellness services for Medicare beneficiaries that include screenings for a number of common conditions, as well as education and counseling to encourage wellness and prevent disease.
"We are pleased to welcome WellCare Medicare Advantage members to Take Care Clinics. Take Care Clinics provide a high-quality, cost-effective and convenient option for health care services," said Heather Helle, Divisional Vice President, Consumer Solutions Group at Walgreens. "Open seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours, we offer walk-in availability and same-day appointment scheduling, giving members convenient access to health care services."
Take Care Clinics are located in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
WellCare Medicare Advantage members can visit www.takecarehealth.com or call 1-866-Take-Care (1-866-825-3227) to find the nearest Take Care Clinic location, schedule an appointment, learn about wait times and find a complete list of service costs.
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, Fla., 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 2.7 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2013. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.
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