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Amerigroup wins Washington state health plan contract

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Virginia Beach-based Amerigroup Corp. is expanding to the West Coast.

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) plans to contract with Amerigroup Washington Inc. and four other health plans as a result of a bidding process.

Amerigroup Washington will participate in the state’s Healthy Options program and provide services for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and seniors and disabled people who are ineligible for Medicare.

Amerigroup also will participate in the state’s Basic Health program, which provides subsidized health coverage for about 40,000 low-income adults.

Washington will be the 13th state in which Amerigroup operates health plans. The deal represents the second contract for a new state to be awarded to the company in the past six months. The other state is Louisiana.

The Healthy Options program provides managed-care services to about 700,000 TANF and CHIP recipients, who represent about 60 percent of the state’s Medicaid/CHIP population.

HCA plans to add 100,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but not Medicare under the new contracts.

HCA is expected to finalize contracts with the five health plans by late February. Amerigroup Washington will be based in Seattle and is expected to begin serving plan members on July 1.

Amerigroup, a Fortune 500 Company, coordinates services for people enrolled in publicly funded health-care programs. It currently serves about 2 million people in 11 states.


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