UniCare Health Plan in West Virginia Receives Multicultural Health Care Distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance

Health Plan Honored for Its Achievement in Providing Culturally
Diverse Programs and Decreasing Health Disparities Among West Virginians

CHARLESTON, W.Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Culture–UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, the state’s largest provider of
Medicaid managed health care benefits, today announced that is has been
recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which
awards distinction to organizations that meet or exceed its rigorous
requirements for multicultural health care. In acknowledgement of these
efforts, NCQA awarded the health plan with the Multicultural Health Care
Distinction, which recognizes organizations that lead the market in
providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services, and work to
reduce health care disparities.

“As the demographics of America continue to shift to a more diverse
society, UniCare of West Virginia continues to be attuned to the
cultural and socio-economic factors that impact our members’ access to
high quality health care,” said Mitch Collins, president of UniCare
Health Plan of West Virginia. “We are honored to receive the NCQA
Multicultural Health Care Distinction, as it is a testament to our
unwavering commitment to address the needs of our distinct members and
providers, and validates how we are making a positive impact in the
diverse communities we serve.”

In addition, NCQA also awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction
to 16 other Medicaid health plans affiliated with UniCare’s parent

“Earning Multicultural Health Care Distinction shows that an
organization is making a breakthrough in providing excellent health care
to diverse populations. I congratulate any organization that achieves
this level of distinction,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.
“Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care is essential
to improving the quality of care overall.”

The NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction is a symbol of quality in
organizational efforts to address the diverse needs of its members. The
Multicultural Health Care Distinction evaluates organizations, such as
health plans, wellness, disease management and managed behavioral health
organizations through use of an evidence-based set of requirements.
These standards create a roadmap for improving and refining initiatives.


UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. serves more than 130,000
Medicaid beneficiaries living in West Virginia. Every day, members of
the UniCare team can be found in West Virginia communities listening to
our members, interacting with our health care providers and partnering
with community-based organizations. UniCare has served Medicaid
beneficiaries in West Virginia since 2003. For more information about
UniCare, visit http://mss.unicare.com/,
and follow the company on Twitter @UniCareWV.


NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health
care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care
organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas
of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality
information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and


UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc.
Dionisia Malecki