WellCare names new Florida president

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WellCare Health Plans named David McNichols as state president of WellCare of Florida.

He succeeds Christina Cooperwho resigned earlier this month to relocate with her family.

Starting April 1, McNichols will have responsibility for WellCare’s Medicaid and Medicare Advantage businesses in Florida and will lead statewide expansion initiatives, a statement from the company said.

He has Medicaid experience in Florida as a prior CEO of AmeriChoice’s health plan. Since September 2011, he’s been state president of WellCare of Georgia.

Jesse Thomas, WellCare’s president, south division, will serve as interim state president of WellCare of Georgia, the statement said.


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