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WellCare gives $5,000 to create safe and positive environment for abused and neglected children

April 22, 2015

From Wellcare:

TAMPA, Fla. (April 22, 2015) — WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs, announced today that it gave $5,000 to Family & Children’s to support their efforts to give abused and neglected children a safe and positive environment to visit with their families, while they work through the healing process.

WellCare’s donation transformed a basic room into a fitness inspired center, which is now called the FIT Room, where children of all ages can engage in fun, physical activities. WellCare’s support provided a wide array of equipment, including bean bag chairs, ping pong and air hockey tables, an interactive video game system with large screen TV, and an outdoor basketball hoop.

“We have the greatest success in helping child victims of abuse and neglect when we support both the child and the family,” said J.T. Henderson, vice president of resource development for Family & Children’s Place. “With WellCare’s help, we were able to revolutionize our family visitation room to provide children and families with a positive environment where they can reconnect and heal through fun games and activities.”

“This is a serious issue with far reaching effects that extend beyond the family to the broader community that must also deal with the aftermath,” said Dr. Howard Shaps, medical director for WellCare of Kentucky. “WellCare is proud to support Family & Children’s Place efforts to help heal the familial relationships that are central to providing children and communities with the stability and security needed for long-term health and wellbeing.”

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About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled. The company serves approximately 4.1 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2014. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company’s website at or view the company’s videos at