April 25, 2015 Louisville, KY.  – WellCare Health Plans Inc. joins the Kentucky Derby Festival this year as Presenting Sponsor of the Health Fair.  The event promotes healthy families and healthy lifestyles, by offering free health screenings and valuable health information for children and families.  The Health Fair is set for Tuesday, April 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center in South Wing C.  It will be held in conjunction with the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party.

“Diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes account for 70% of deaths in the United States and limit the activities of tens of millions,” said Dr. Howard Shaps, medical director for WellCare of Kentucky. “Thousands of adults and children are expected to attend this year’s health fair, which gives an opportunity to provide valuable health information and screenings that could save lives – all for a Pegasus Pin admission.”

This year’s event will include an inflatable heart and colon, health screenings and a kid’s fitness exhibit, provided by KentuckyOne Health; brain training demonstrations by the LearningRX; an interactive display by the Kentucky Beef Council, and support from organizations such as the Kornhauser Health Science Library, KIPDA , Bath Fitter and Biocodex

“Even during this exciting time of year, it’s important to remember to take care of your health,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Thanks to WellCare Health Plans, you can receive health screenings and tips for the whole family and it won’t cost you a doctor’s visit.”

Admission to the Health Fair Presented by WellCare Health Plans is a 2015 Pegasus Pin (the admission also includes the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party). The Health Fair is sponsored by WellCare Health Plans Inc. along with Contributing Sponsor KentuckyOne Health and Media Sponsor is WAKY 103.5.

About Kentucky Derby Festival

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, Prescription Drug Plans and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind and disabled. The company serves approximately 4.1 million members nationwide as of Dec. 31, 2014. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company’s website at www.wellcare.com or view the company’s videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan

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