WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the WellCare Community Foundation is donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts inLouisiana. WellCare will also match employee contributions to the Red Cross up to $5,000.
In addition, WellCare has extended the hours of its Community Assistance Line (CAL) to help connect those impacted with needed social services. WellCare has a referral database with more than 4,500 Louisiana-based community organizations and 50 community-based programs that are available to help with needs including food, transportation, shelter, and other support services. The new extended CAL hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Monday-Friday.
This is the second time in five months that torrential rains have hit Louisiana, causing record flooding and prompting a federal disaster declaration in 20 parishes. An estimated 40,000 homes were damaged, affecting at least 75,000 people, according to the Red Cross. Continued flooding and closed roads have made it challenging to get relief supplies to people in need.
The Red Cross has more than 1,000 disaster volunteers on the ground and 36 shelters. The Red Cross is also mobilizing over 50 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies.
“We are so grateful for this gift from WellCare,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, regional chief executive officer for Red Cross of Central Florida. “It is only because of the great support from corporate partners like WellCare and gifts from the American people that we can provide our important services to those impacted by devastating disasters.”
For more information about relief efforts or to make a donation to the Red Cross, visit redcross.org.
To contact WellCare’s CAL for social services assistance, call 866-775-2192 (main line) or 855-628-7552 (video relay).
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare serves approximately 10,000 Medicare Advantage members and 25,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members in Louisiana.