Amerigroup Launches Long-Term Care Services in Tennessee
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.