VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., March 1, 2010 Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE: AGP) today announced that its Tennessee health plan began offering long-term care (LTC) services to approximately 4,000 existing middle Tennessee members through the state's TennCare CHOICES in LTC program.
The TennCare CHOICES in LTC is a long-term care program being integrated within Tennessee's existing TennCare managed care system. It provides strong consumer protections and enhanced medical benefits to participants. As part of a consumer-oriented approach, TennCare CHOICES in LTC members are able to select services that allow them to live more independently in their homes and communities.
"The TennCare CHOICES in LTC program is an approach we believe in, and we are excited to participate," said James G. Carlson, Amerigroup chairman and chief executive officer. "For nearly three years, we have enjoyed serving the people of Tennessee and look forward to expanding our services and capabilities in the state."
Amerigroup was among the first managed care organizations to address the complex health concerns of seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to Tennessee, the company currently serves these individuals through Aged, Blind and Disabled programs in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Texas and Virginia. In each of these states, Amerigroup uses a coordinated care model, linking services and supports for each member, targeting their needs while promoting independent living and responsible, effective use of resources.
"Our participation in TennCare CHOICES in LTC is a natural next step in growing our relationship with the state and our members, utilizing the knowledge we have accumulated in other markets serving seniors and people with disabilities. Our ultimate goal is to ensure improved access to health care options that support independent living and best utilize precious taxpayer dollars," Carlson added.
Amerigroup began its operations in Tennessee in April 2007. The company serves approximately 195,000 members in the state as of Dec. 31, 2009, including those enrolled in TennCare and Medicare Advantage programs.
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Amerigroup Corporation and its subsidiaries help those on publicly funded health care programs by ensuring that these individuals enter an organized system of care and a true medical home. Serving approximately 1.8 million members in 11 states nationwide, Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability. The company's product offerings do not utilize any individual underwriting nor deny coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions. Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve health care access and quality for its members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. For more information and real story examples of these solutions, please visit www.amerigroupcorp.com.
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