WellCare bought by Centene

WellCare Health Plans Inc. will be acquired by Centene Corp. in a $17.3 billion cash and stock deal.

WellCare (NYSE: WCG) is the third-largest public company headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, with $20.4 billion in 2018 revenue and 12,000 employees. The combined company will be headquartered in St. Louis, where Centene (NYSE: CNC) is based.