Cancer Publishes HealthCore Breast Cancer Treatment Disparity Study on Women with Commercial Insurance, Confirming Previous Study Results in Government Health Plans

Cancer, the peer-reviewed international journal of the American Cancer Society, has published a study conducted by HealthCore, Inc. in its Jan. 1 edition, demonstrating disparities in breast cancer treatment between commercially insured African-American and white women.

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The HealthCore study reiterates the findings of previous studies” conducted in populations using government health programs” that African-American women are diagnosed in later stages of the disease.

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in white and African-American women in the United States.

“This study demonstrates that disparities in breast cancer care exist even when patients have access to employer-provided healthcare,” said Dr. Joe Singer, HealthCore vice president for clinical affairs. [Read the full article]

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG – News) today announced that William L. Trubeck and Paul E. Weaver have been appointed to the Company Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill and Paul to our Board,” said Charles G. Berg, WellCare executive chairman. “They are both highly respected and accomplished in their areas of expertise. Their leadership and knowledge, gleaned from significant corporate and board experience, will serve the Company well.”

Mr. Trubeck, 63, was the executive vice president and chief financial officer of H&R Block, Inc. from 2004 to 2007. From 2001 to 2004, he held a number of senior management positions at Waste Management Inc., including executive vice president, operations support; chief administrative officer; and chief financial officer. [Read the full article]

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