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Fitch Publishes Unrated Issuer Report on WellCare

February 20, 2014



CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=732239

Fitch Ratings today published an Unrated Issuer Report (UIR) on WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WellCare). UIRs provide analytical perspective and transparency on key issues that impact an organization's creditworthiness but without providing a credit rating or rating-like opinion.

In addition to highlighting what Fitch considers to be WellCare's main credit issues and trends, the report takes a closer look at:

--Rapid Growth.

A peer analysis and summary of market-based indicators round out the UIR.

UIRs are not solicited by the issuer, and Fitch receives no compensation from the issuer for the provision of an UIR. While an UIR is typically based primarily on public information, Fitch analysts may ask questions of an issuer's management while preparing an UIR. The level of management participation, if any, can vary significantly from case to case.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

For more information on Unrated Issuer Reports please go to: http://www.fitchratings.com/web_content/product/unrated_reports.pdf.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Unrated Issuer Report' (February 2014);

--'2014 Outlook: U.S. Health Insurance and Managed Care (December 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

2014 Outlook: U.S. Health Insurance and Managed Care (ACA to Increase Volumes but Reduce Margins)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=726477

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Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Douglas M. Pawlowski, CFA, +1 312-368-2054

Senior Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 W. Madison

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst

Mark E. Rouck, CPA, CFA, +1 312-368-2085

Senior Director

or

Media Relations, New York

Brian Bertsch, +1 212-908-0549

brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com

Source: Fitch Ratings


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