Wellcare Awarded Contract for Hawaii's QUEST Expanded Access Health Program
WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG) today announced that `Ohana Health Plan has been awarded a Hawaii statewide contract to case manage, authorize and facilitate the delivery of behavioral health services to Medicaid-eligible adults who have serious mental illnesses, and who are participants in the state`s QUEST Expanded Access (QExA) health program. The Hawaii Department of Human Services, Med-QUEST Division, anticipates that services will start in early 2013. The contract term is expected to run through June 6, 2015, and would include a possible extension until June 30, 2018.
Based on currently available information, it is estimated that this Community Care Services program serves between 800 and 1,000 residents of Hawaii. `Ohana, along with another managed care plan, currently provides other services to these members through the QExA program.
"With this award, `Ohana will become the only health plan to serve the full range of Medicaid-eligible populations across all six islands in Hawaii," said Wendy Morriarty, president of `Ohana Health Plan. "It will be an honor to serve one of our state`s most fragile populations. As a provider of a full spectrum of health care services, we understand how critical it is to coordinate all aspects of our members` care, especially members with serious, chronic illnesses."
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