HealthPlus Amerigroup Gives Thanks

HealthPlus Amerigroup Gives Thanks this Holiday Season Gifting $80,000 to NYC Community Organizations

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013) – Together, the Amerigroup Foundation and HealthPlus Amerigroup awarded a total of $80,000 to deserving community organizations in the New York City area and collected more than 1,500 pounds of food through an internal company food drive supporting local food banks.

According to federal statistics calculated by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, an average of 1.5 million New York City residents, 1 in 4 of which are children, are living in households facing food insecurity.

“In an effort to help curb the hunger epidemic in the city, HealthPlus Amerigroup donated $40,000 toward feeding the hungry this holiday season,” said Bob Wychulis, HealthPlus Amerigroup president. “We hope to significantly boost the amount of donations given to stock the shelves of New York City food banks.”

In addition, the Amerigroup Foundation granted a total of $40,000 this year to the following organizations recognizing their commitment to the local community:

“We are grateful to the Amerigroup Foundation for their generous $10,000 grant supporting our Go Green Youthbucks Program,” said Deputy Borough President Rose Pierre, Office of Manhattan Borough President and Community Fund of Manhattan. “The grant enabled 10,000 children from Manhattan’s most vulnerable neighborhoods to participate in field trips to local farmers markets and learn the value of locally grown produce and instilling healthy eating habits.”

Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded more than $16.7 million to worthy causes across the country.

About the Amerigroup Foundation

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.

About HealthPlus Amerigroup

HealthPlus, an Amerigroup Company, is dedicated to serving our members through Medicaid, expanded Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) programs in the state. We also offer Medicare Advantage plans in select areas. HealthPlus Amerigroup is the union of Health Plus and the Amerigroup New York health plan – giving HealthPlus Amerigroup a combined 35 years of experience serving the people of New York. HealthPlus Amerigroup currently serves 463,000 members in the state across all product lines.