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CFO Alex Sink Calls for Independent Audit to Ensure Wellcare Fully Refunds Florida Healthy Kids

7/25/2008

CONTACT: 
Tara Klimek or Kevin Cate
(850) 413-2842  
TALLAHASSEE— Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today called for an independent audit after Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans, Inc. reported “errors” resulting in $46.5 million of overpayments, including millions from Florida’s Healthy Kids program.
 
“It is essential that we recover every last dime that WellCare owes the Florida Healthy Kids program,” said CFO Sink. “Today I’m calling for Healthy Kids to conduct an exhaustive and independent audit to ensure this program is made whole.”
 
WellCare recorded overpayments for two Florida programs, a contract with Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and the behavioral health components of an Agency for Health Care Administration Medicaid contract.  CFO Sink has asked Florida Healthy Kids Executive Director Rich Robleto to retain third-party auditors to verify the amount owed to the program. CFO Sink serves as Chair of the Healthy Kids Board of Directors.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.