COLUMBIA, S.C. and TAMPA, Fla. , Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare of South Carolina , a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. ( WCG ) company, named Urcel R. Fields as state president. In this role, he is responsible for WellCare's Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses in South Carolina .
"Urcel is a results-driven professional with more than 20 years of healthcare experience," said Gregg MacDonald , WellCare's division president for South Carolina and other markets in the Southeast and Midwest. "He brings a deep understanding of Medicaid managed care, strong operational experience and concern for those he serves."
Fields joins WellCare from Amerigroup Community Care, where he held leadership positions including chief operating officer for the Medicaid plan in Georgia . Before joining Amerigroup, Fields held positions of increasing responsibility with Peach State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation, which serves the Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids ® populations in Georgia . He also held senior positions with Aetna Health Inc. Fields earned his Master's degree in Public Health from Boston University and his Bachelor's degree from Howard University .
"I am honored to lead WellCare's operations in South Carolina ," said Fields. "This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented and dedicated team in partnership with the state, providers and community-based organizations, to help enhance the quality and access to care for South Carolinians."
As of Sept. 30, 2018 , WellCare serves approximately 77,000 Medicaid members, 14,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members and 9,000 Medicare Advantage members in South Carolina .
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla. , WellCare Health Plans, Inc. ( 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 September 1, 2018 . For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com .
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