Amerigroup and Simply Healthcare Engage Foundation Support to Collaboratively Tackle Critical Health Needs and Create a Healthier Generation of Floridians

Foundation activates more than $760,000 in grants, while
Amerigroup, Simply Healthcare and associates contribute an additional
$209,000 to sponsor innovative programs and local charities

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Amerigroup–Amerigroup Florida and Simply Healthcare Plans, leading providers of
Florida Medicare and Medicaid managed care services, have contributed
$102,000 in funding to sponsor community health programs across Florida
in 2016. Additionally, the parent Foundation of Amerigroup and Simply
Healthcare has activated more than $760,000 in health and wellness
grants across the state in 2016. Funded programs have been designed to
address complex health needs and raise awareness about statewide health
issues, particularly obesity, chronic disease, prenatal care, cardiac
arrest and critical illnesses. Sponsored programs and partnerships
promoted the importance of health education, staying physically active,
access to appropriate nutrition and making healthy lifestyle choices.
These partnerships and programs included the following:

  • The Foundation provided two Triple Play Program grants in
    addition to a Miami Games Room renovation grant to Boys &
    Girls Clubs
    that made it possible for more than 297 Florida youth
    to participate in active lifestyle programs. These grants also helped
    enhanced programing to connect with more than 112,000 youth across
    Florida regions served by Amerigroup and Simply Healthcare.
  • A grant to the American Heart Association progressed efforts to
    double the number of cardiac arrest survival rates by 2020 through Hands-Only
    education and training. Foundation funding enabled the
    purchase and distribution of hundreds of CPR training kits.
    Additionally the Foundation brought a mobile tour through several
    cities in Florida that resulted in more than 2,500 Floridians being
    trained on how to perform lifesaving Hands-Only CPR.
  • The March of Dimes received a Foundation grant to support
    smoking cessation efforts for pregnant women in the Tampa Bay Area
    through a partnership with Healthy Start Coalition. This support made
    it possible to reach more than 120 pregnant smokers and engage them in
    cessation activities.
  • A grant to the Orange County Library System made it possible to
    reach more than 78,000 youth with health promotion messaging through
    the library system’s summer reading program. The support helped
    children become more aware of important health issues and engaged
    families. More than 90 percent of participating children’s parents and
    guardians said that they plan to spend more time interacting with
    their children and talking about health.
  • The Foundation’s support of the American Red CrossAnnual
    Disaster Giving Program
    helped provide health services and
    behavioral health assistance to Floridians impacted by crisis and
    disaster. Support was particularly extended to Floridians who were
    impacted by the mass shooting in Orlando and by Hurricane Matthew.
  • The National Center for Victims of Crime also received a
    donation from the Foundation to help support victims and families
    impacted by the Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting. The local
    Florida health plans also stepped up to support victims and their
    families with an additional donation that matched their Foundation’s
  • The Foundation partnered with the Foundation for New Education
    to host Healthy Family Choices workshops in
    Miami Dade public schools. The Foundation’s support made it possible
    for students and their families to participate in various interactive
    activities, including healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations.

Health plan associates also raised approximately $107,000 for local
charities and non-profits through personal donations and a company
program that matches volunteer hours with dollars. In addition to the
funds, Florida associates contributed approximately 1,350 hours of their
personal time in 2016, volunteering to help residents and improve
communities across Florida.

“Together, Amerigroup and Simply Healthcare stand committed to
strengthening communities and improving health outcomes across our
state,” said Lourdes Rivas, Amerigroup and Simply Healthcare Medicaid
plan president. “We are proud of how our health plans, associates,
Foundation and community partners have come together to help Floridians
thrive, grow and prosper, and we are confident that our ongoing efforts
will help achieve a healthier future for all of Florida.

More information can be found in the organization’s annual online Corporate
Responsibility Report
, which outlines the company’s commitment to
making a difference in people’s lives through the work of its
associates, the philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, its diversity
and inclusion initiatives, and its environmentally responsible business


Amerigroup and Simply Healthcare’s parent company Foundation is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and
national organizations, the Foundation works to enhance the health and
well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup,
Simply Healthcare and its affiliated health plans serve. Foundation
funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and
provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as
promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational
initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention,
Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy
Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include:
prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac
morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase
physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult
pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The
Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving
program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign
pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers
community service programs. To learn more about the Foundation, please

About Amerigroup Florida and Simply Healthcare Plans

Amerigroup Florida and Simply Healthcare Plans are managed health care
providers that serve Medicaid, Florida Healthy Kids, Long-Term Care
(LTC) and Medicare program members in Florida. Through our Clear Health
Alliance organization, we also serve Floridians who are eligible for
HIV/AIDS Medicaid specialty health plan services. Together, we serve
more than 600,000 Floridians. Across the nation, our family of health
plans serves more than 40 million members, and 1 in 8 Americans is
served by our family of companies. Our health plan members are assured
care that is not only accessible, but also accountable, comprehensive,
integrated and patient-centered. Each and every day, members of our team
can be found in Florida communities, listening to our members,
interacting with our health care providers and partnering with
community-based organizations to execute health education initiatives.
Our goal is to ensure members and entire communities are empowered to
become active participants in their health care and sustain healthy
lifestyles. To learn more about Amerigroup Florida, visit
To learn more about Simply Healthcare Plans, visit


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