Kelly Munson

Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Medicaid Innovation
Executive Vice President, Medicaid, WellCare Health Plans

Kelly was named executive vice president of Medicaid in October 2016 and leads WellCare’s nearly $11 billion Medicaid line of business—the fifth largest Medicaid plan in the country.


Before assuming her current position, Kelly served as senior vice president, division president and product, with responsibility for WellCare’s operations in Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. In this role, she led the company’s Medicaid product development function and had oversight of WellCare’s Center for CommUnity Impact, which helps connect members to community-based programs and resources by navigating the social safety net.


From 2013 to 2015, Kelly served as state president of Kentucky. Under her leadership, WellCare of Kentucky was named the number-one plan of choice and the number-one plan for customer service in the commonwealth. Prior to this, she served as chief operating officer in Kentucky from 2012 to 2013 and as senior director, state operations and regulatory affairs, for WellCare’s Ohio health plan from 2006 to 2012.


Before joining WellCare in 2006, Kelly held leadership positions with Old World Classics, HomeTown Health Network and Medical Mutual of Ohio. In each capacity, she oversaw operations, claims, customer service, IT, audit and vendor management, among others.


During her career, Kelly has received numerous awards and accolades for her accomplishments, and in 2016, was named an “Executive Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal.


Munson graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and public health nutrition and did graduate work in public administration at the University of Akron.