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Form 10-Q for WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS, INC.


31-Oct-2012

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012 ("2012 Form 10-Q") that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and we intend such statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained therein. Such statements, which may address, among other things, market acceptance of our products and services, product development, our ability to finance growth opportunities, our ability to respond to changes in laws and government regulations, implementation of our sales and marketing strategies, projected capital expenditures, liquidity and the availability of additional funding sources may be found in the section of this 2012 Form 10-Q entitled "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and generally elsewhere in this report. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "predicts," "potential," "continues" or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. You are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including economic, regulatory, competitive and other factors that may affect our business. Please refer to Risk Factors in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 ("2011 Form 10-K") and in Part II, Item 1A of this 2012 Form 10-Q, for a discussion of certain risk factors which could materially affect our business, financial condition, cash flows, and results of operations. These forward-looking statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances, as they are based on management's current expectations and beliefs about future events and circumstances. We undertake no obligation beyond that required by law to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

Overview

We are a leading provider of managed care services to government-sponsored health care programs, serving approximately 2.6 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2012. We operate exclusively within the Medicare and Medicaid programs, serving the full spectrum of eligibility groups, with a focus on lower-income beneficiaries. Our primary mission is to help our government customers deliver cost-effective health care solutions, while improving health care quality and access to these programs. We are committed to operating our business in a manner that serves our key constituents - members, providers, government clients, and associates - while delivering competitive returns for our investors.

Our strategic priorities for 2012 include improving health care quality and access for our members, achieving a competitive cost position, and delivering prudent, profitable growth.


Key Developments and Accomplishments

Presented below are key developments and accomplishments relating to progress on our strategic business priorities that occurred or impacted our financial condition and results of operations during 2012.

In October 2012, we entered into an agreement to acquire UnitedHealthcare's Medicaid business in South Carolina, which, as of October 2012, served approximately 65,000 members in South Carolina's Healthy Connections Choices program across 39 of the state's 46 counties.

In August 2012, we entered into an agreement to acquire all outstanding interests in America's 1st Choice California Holdings, LLC, which is the majority shareholder of Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc. of California ("Easy Choice"). As of October 2012, Easy Choice served approximately 36,000 Medicare Advantage ("MA") plan members in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in southern California. This includes approximately 12,000 MA dual special needs plan ("D-SNP") members, making Easy Choice one of the largest D-SNPs in Los Angeles County. Easy Choice will increase its 2013 service area to 11 California counties, including the San Diego area and five counties in northern California. More than 60% of California's 5 million Medicare eligibles reside in these counties. In addition, in 2013, Easy Choice anticipates offering MA chronic condition special needs plans in five of the 11 counties in its service area. The Easy Choice acquisition will provide us with a presence in a new and attractive market, and will give us a platform for meaningful growth in the western United States across our complementary range of lines of business. Additionally, Easy Choice's position with D-SNPs dovetails with our strategy to focus on this population.

We were recently awarded a contract by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to coordinate physical, behavioral and dental care for a total of approximately 170,000 Medicaid eligible beneficiaries in Medicaid Managed Care Region 3, which consists of 16 counties. We expect to begin serving Medicaid beneficiaries in Region 3 effective January 1, 2013.

In July 2012, the New York State Department of Health approved our participation in the expansion of its Managed Long-Term Care ("MLTC") program by five additional counties, which began in August 2012. With this expansion, we now serve four of the five New York City boroughs as well as five upstate counties. The MLTC program is designed to help people with chronic illnesses or who have disabilities and need health and long-term care services, such as home care or adult day care, stay in their homes and communities as long as possible.

In July 2012, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation ("FHKC") informed us that our Florida Children's Health Insurance Program plans were chosen as part of a re-procurement effort to continue providing comprehensive managed care coverage to children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids Program. The new contract began on October 1, 2012, and we added approximately 20,000 new members as a result of our expansion from servicing 18 counties to 65 of Florida's 67 counties. We now offer Florida Healthy Kids services in more counties than any other participating plan. The new contract term expires on September 30, 2014, but may be extended for up to two additional one-year terms at FHKC's option. It may also be terminated earlier by FHKC at any time with cause or for convenience.

In October 2012, we expanded our service area in the Florida Medicaid program to include Hardee, St. Johns, Columbia and Flagler counties. With this expansion, we now serve 42 of the 67 counties across Florida.

In July 2012, we were approved by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to participate in the state's Long-Term Care Community Diversion Pilot Project (the "Diversion Program"). Our services under this new program began on July 1, 2012 and initially focused on program enrollees in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. In September 2012, we were approved to expand our services under this program to an additional 17 counties, and we could potentially expand our services under this program to additional counties in the future. The Florida Diversion Program has been designed to provide frail elders, age 65 and older, with alternatives to nursing home care. Enrollees in the program are dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid recipients who qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement and include as many as 20,000 beneficiaries across the state. We coordinate care that is integrated with community-based services, which helps ensure these members have access to what they need to remain safely in their homes and communities as an alternative to institutionalized care.

In July 2012, we entered into a definitive agreement with Humana, Inc. to acquire certain assets of Arcadian Health Plan, Inc.'s Desert Canyon Community Care ("Desert Canyon") MA plans. Under the agreement, approximately 5,000 Desert Canyon plan members in Mohave and Yavapai Counties will become members of our Arizona MA health plan. The transaction is expected to close on December 31, 2012, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The membership transfer is expected to occur on January 1, 2013.


We continue to expand the geographic footprint of our MA plans and offer D-SNPs for those who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in all of the MA markets we serve. This expansion is consistent with our focus on the lower-income demographic of the market and our ability over time to serve both the Medicaid- and Medicare-related coverage of these members. MA membership as of September 30, 2012 was approximately 167,000, an increase from 158,000 as of June 30, 2012. We project that MA segment membership will continue to grow during the remaining months of 2012.

In April 2012, our Hawaii health plan received accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance ("NCQA"). Previously, our Missouri and Georgia health plans received NCQA accreditation. The NCQA measures health plans'' commitment to high-quality care, effective management, and accountability. We remain dedicated to our long-term target of accreditation for all of our health plans.

We have continued to enhance our care management capabilities. For example, we recently strengthened our resources that are focused exclusively on outreach to our Medicaid members to both educate them on care gaps and facilitate the closure of such care gaps. Intervention and support activities include arranging transportation assistance and three-way calls with a member and his or her primary care physician to schedule appointments, as well as language translation for non-English speaking members. Also, we have made enhancements to our case management model to more effectively serve our most medically complex members. The model leverages both field-based and telephonic resources using state-specific, multi-disciplinary care teams. Additionally, we are upgrading our systems related to Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set reporting, replacing our care and medical management technology platform and launching a web-based care gap eligibility check tool.

In October 2012, our MA plans in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Connecticut and Ohio each achieved a three Star summary rating while our MA plans in Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Texas and New Jersey each received a 2.5 Star summary rating. We are focused on improving quality across all of our lines of business. For example, as a result of our quality improvement measures, we anticipate that we will meet the performance requirements of our contracts under the New York Medicaid and FHP programs, which were subject to termination if our quality scores did not improve, and will continue to provide services to members of our New York health plans.

On April 3, 2012, we were notified that the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the "DPA") entered into on May 5, 2009 among the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida (the "USAO"), the Florida Attorney General's Office and us was terminated effective immediately. The criminal charges against us were dismissed on April 4, 2012. These actions acknowledge that we have fulfilled all of our obligations under the DPA.

Business and Financial Outlook

Market Developments

A number of states are evaluating new strategies for their Medicaid programs. Given ongoing fiscal challenges, economic conditions, and the success of Medicaid managed care programs over the long run, states continue to recognize the value of collaborating with managed care plans to deliver quality, cost-effective health care solutions.

Medicaid

In August 2012, AHCA renewed our Florida Medicaid contracts for an interim period beginning September 1, 2012. The contracts expire on August 31, 2015, but the term of the contracts may be superseded by the implementation of a reform of the statewide Medicaid Managed Care program (the "Medicaid Reform Program"). We expect the state to publish a request for proposals in the first quarter of 2013 for participation in the Medicaid Reform Program for a five year contract term; however, the implementation date of the Medicaid Reform Program is uncertain. We are anticipating a highly competitive process, with as many as 20 companies, including us, expected to participate.

Earlier this year, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration ("AHCA") released an invitation to negotiate for the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long Term Care program. The total number of eligible participants in this program is estimated at 85,000 and includes seniors and adults with disabilities across 11 regions in the state. Services for the first region are expected to begin on August 1, 2013. We are interested in the opportunity to expand our presence in Florida. We have submitted a bid to participate and are anticipating a highly competitive process.

Earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Community Health (the "Georgia DCH") announced further refinements to its Medicaid redesign initiatives. At this time, the Georgia DCH will not conduct a re-procurement of the Georgia Families program, which currently serves Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
("TANF") and Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP")


members, and will not begin to include aged, blind and disabled ("ABD") beneficiaries as previously planned, given what the Georgia DCH describes as increasing uncertainty at the federal level. Our current Georgia Medicaid contract provides for two one-year renewal options exercisable by the Georgia DCH. The Georgia DCH exercised its option to extend the term of our Georgia Medicaid contract until June 30, 2013 and the remaining renewal option potentially extends the contract through June 30, 2014. The Georgia DCH has also indicated its intent to amend our Georgia Medicaid contract to include two additional one-year renewal options, exercisable by the Georgia DCH, that could potentially extend the contract term to June 30, 2016.

The Georgia DCH also plans to move forward with several changes to modernize the Georgia Families program. These may include the promotion of a Primary Care Medical Home initiative, a move to value-based purchasing, and the adoption of a common preferred drug list. Additionally, the state is looking to simplify the administrative process for providers by moving all three care management organizations operating in the state to a common platform for functions such as credentialing, and prior authorization management. We look forward to working with the Georgia DCH to accomplish these initiatives.

With respect to Medicaid rates, we continue to expect the environment to be challenging, given state and federal fiscal conditions. In particular, we continue to experience pressure on rates in Florida and Georgia, two states from which we derive a substantial portion of our revenue. The ultimate premium rate is based on program type, demographic mix and geographic location.

Medicare

As we look toward the 2013 annual election period, we are expanding our MA service area by 53 counties, to a total of 191 counties. In addition to growing our presence in our existing states of Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, and Texas, we will for the first time offer MA plans in Kentucky. This will enable us to offer our MA plans to some of the dually eligible members we currently serve through the Kentucky Medicaid program. Upon the completion of the acquisitions of Easy Choice and Desert Canyon, we will further expand our MA services to California and Arizona.

Based on the outcome of our 2013 stand-alone prescription drug plan ("PDP") bids, our plans will be below the benchmarks in 14 of the 34 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") regions and within the de minimis range of the benchmark in five other CMS regions. Comparatively, in 2012, our plans are below the benchmark in five regions and within the de minimis range in 17 other regions. In 2013, we will be auto-assigned newly-eligible members into our plans for the 14 regions that are below the benchmark. We will retain our auto-assigned members in the 5 regions in which we bid within the de minimis range, however, we will not be auto-assigned new members in those regions during 2013. Members previously auto-assigned to our PDP plans in regions for which our 2013 bids were not within the de minimus range will be reassigned to other plans in 2013. We anticipate a net reduction of 200,000 to 210,000 PDP members due to the reassignment to other plans of members who were auto-assigned to us in 2012 and prior years, primarily in California, offset in part by additional auto-assignments to us in other regions. A decrease in premium rates will further affect our PDP segment's results of operations in 2013.

Twenty-five states have submitted applications to participate in the CMS "Duals Alignment Demonstration Program," covering approximately 2 million individuals fully eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, or dual eligible beneficiaries. This program is intended to provide integrated care on a capitated or fee for service basis. Of the 25 states, 20 are proposing capitated programs and five are proposing managed fee for service programs. Thirteen of the 25 states are proposing to begin implementation in 2013. The remaining implementations are scheduled to begin in 2014. CMS has issued guidance that no programs will begin before April 1, 2013 and the target enrollment will be limited to 1 to 2 million beneficiaries. Exact implementation times vary by state. CMS has issued guidance indicating that dual eligible beneficiaries participating in the states' duals alignment demonstration programs cannot be forced to remain in a duals alignment plan and will be allowed to switch between plans on a monthly basis. However, enrollment in a Medicare Advantage plan is limited to the federally designated annual enrollment period or in the event of a special election period unless the individual seeks to enroll in a plan that has obtained a score of 5 on Medicare's quality performance system ("Star Ratings"). None of our health plans have yet achieved 5 stars. For this reason, dual eligible beneficiaries subject to a dual alignment demonstration programs will only be able to elect to remain in or join a WellCare plan during the annual enrollment period or special election periods.

To date, rates have not been released for any state's duals alignment program. The guidance promulgated by CMS requires a cost savings to both Medicare and Medicaid. To the extent that the assumed savings are deemed unrealistic, these programs could limit the number of states in which we choose to provide services. If the rates are deemed sufficient to support the provision of high quality care, we may choose to bid for participation in these programs. In addition, certain state's programs have not permitted us to participate in their project, due to our plan's program design. For those states that have a dual eligible demonstration program in which we do not participate, the membership in our MA and PDP plans in those states would be reduced.


General Economic and Political Environment

The political environment is uncertain. The November 2012 election campaigns have focused substantially on the role of the government in health care as well as the nation's fiscal challenges. The Republican Party has generally expressed its intent to repeal or significantly limit provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the "2010 Acts") and to implement significant reforms related to Medicare and Medicaid. The Democratic Party has generally expressed an opinion in favor of continuing to implement the 2010 Acts and to preserve the Medicare and Medicaid programs for current beneficiaries. The results of the November election could have a significant impact on the implementation of the Acts, and the funding and future design of Medicare and Medicaid and other programs created by the Acts.

The U.S. House of Representatives continues to attempt to repeal, amend or restrict funding for various aspects of the 2010 Acts. Several states filed suits challenging the constitutionality of certain aspects of the 2010 Acts. Those cases ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which, on June 28, 2012, upheld the constitutionality of the provisions of the 2010 Acts requiring all Americans meeting certain income qualifications to purchase health insurance meeting certain standards or to pay a financial penalty. The Supreme Court also modified the Acts' requirement that all states expand their Medicaid programs to individuals up to 133% of the federal poverty line, making that expansion optional for states; however, the effect of the modification to the Medicaid expansion requirements remains to be seen. We expect some, but not all, of the states we operate in will participate in the Medicaid expansion. We also anticipate further guidance will be released regarding, among other things, the delivery of care to individuals under 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, who reside in those states that elect not to participate in the Medicaid expansion. As of September 23, 2012, only 15 states and the District of Columbia have formally committed to running their own health insurance exchanges for plans eligible for federal subsidies. Three states are planning on a federal-state partnership for the exchanges.The governors in seven states have said they will not create a state-run exchange and the remaining states are exploring their options. November 16, 2012 is the deadline for states to commit to running an exchange or leave it to the federal government to run it for them.

The economic environment remains challenging, with continued high unemployment throughout 2012 and sluggish job growth. As a result, budgetary challenges at the federal and state level may continue. We expect that the state and the federal governments will continue to look for budgetary cost control savings through reductions in health care costs. We may also experience delays in premium payments from our state customers. The "maintenance of effort" requirements under the 2010 Acts generally prohibit states from restricting Medicaid eligibility or tightening enrollment procedures. These provisions are due to phase out for adults in Medicaid in 2014 and for children in 2019. However, the Supreme Court decision has created some uncertainty regarding whether the maintenance of effort provisions can be enforced. In the event that they cannot, states could seek to restrict eligibility or tighten enrollment procedures.

Although the President signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 2, 2011, the Congressional Super Committee has since failed to reach an agreement on a budget. As a result, in the absence of Congressional intervention, approximately $1.2 trillion in domestic and defense spending reductions would begin on January 1, 2013. The Budget Control Act of 2011 stipulates that payments to Medicare providers may be reduced by no more than 2% and exempts Medicaid from the automatic spending cuts. At this time, we cannot predict the impact that of this pending action.

Because the rate of growth of the expenses for Medicare is outpacing the growth rate of the economy, and the trust funds are not adequately funded, Congress has proposed several plans to restructure Medicare that would change Medicare from a defined benefit to a defined contribution program and to move the selection of Medicare benefits into an exchange-like facilitated selection venue. Medicaid is similarly situated, consuming ever greater portions of the federal budget. As a result, several programs have been offered to modify the Medicaid program including moving from a match program to a block grant, moving to a per-capita system, and limited the use of provider taxes to fund the state's portion of the Medicaid program. We do not know whether these proposals will pass, or the effect their ultimate form will have on our business.

In addition, Congress has annually appropriated funds to avoid the imposition of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, enacted by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, on physician payments under Medicare. The cut to physician payments that would result from the imposition of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula would be more than 30% at the start of 2013. The cuts could have a significant impact on health care provider willingness to participate in Medicare programs. Congress has not yet appropriated funds for these payments for 2013 and may fail to do so, or may delay doing so which could cause delays in receipt of payments from CMS for our MA plans.


Basis of Presentation

Segments

Reportable operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise for which discrete financial information is available and evaluated on a regular basis by the enterprise's decision-makers to determine how resources should be allocated to an individual segment and to assess performance of those segments. Accordingly, we have three reportable segments: Medicaid, MA and PDP.

Medicaid

Medicaid was established to provide medical assistance to low-income and disabled persons. It is operated and implemented by state agencies, although it is funded and regulated by both the state and federal governments. Our Medicaid segment includes TANF, Supplemental Security Income ("SSI"), ABD, and other state-based programs that are not part of the Medicaid program, such as CHIP, Family Health Plus ("FHP") and MLTC. TANF generally provides assistance to low-income families with children. ABD and SSI generally provide assistance to low-income aged, blind or disabled individuals. CHIP and FHP programs provide assistance to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid because their income exceeds the applicable income thresholds. The MLTC program is designed to help people with chronic illnesses or who have disabilities and need health and long-term care services, such as home care or adult day care, stay in their homes and communities as long as possible.

The Medicaid programs and services we offer to our members vary by state and county and are designed to effectively serve our various constituencies in the communities we serve. Although our Medicaid contracts determine to a large extent the type and scope of health care services that we arrange for our members, in certain markets we customize our benefits in ways that we believe make our products more attractive. Our Medicaid plans provide our members with access to a broad spectrum of medical benefits from many facets of primary care and preventive programs to full hospitalization and tertiary care.

In general, members are required to use our network, except in cases of emergencies, transition of care or when network providers are unavailable to meet their medical needs, and generally must receive a referral from their primary care provider ("PCP") in order to receive medical services from specialists, such as surgeons or neurologists. Members do not pay any premiums, deductibles or co-payments for most of our Medicaid plans.

MA

Medicare is a federal program that provides eligible persons age 65 and over, and some disabled persons with a variety of hospital, medical and prescription drug benefits. Our MA segment consists of MA plans, comprised of coordinated . . .

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