WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amerigroup District of Columbia, Inc. (Amerigroup D.C.) received a notice of intent to award a new contract to Amerigroup D.C. by the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) to begin serving individuals who participate in the District of Columbia Healthy Families Medicaid managed care and D.C. Healthcare Alliance programs.
Although the award of the new contract has been protested, it is scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2017. Amerigroup D.C. anticipates providing medical benefits to nearly 60,000 of the 181,000 District residents for up to five years under the new contract.
“Amerigroup D.C. is honored to have been selected to serve Medicaid and Alliance beneficiaries in the District of Columbia and we look forward to providing high quality services and support to our enrollees,” said Dr. Linda Elam, PhD, MPH, Amerigroup D.C. Medicaid plan president. “While Amerigroup will be a new managed care option in the District, we have a long and well-established history across the country with more than 20 years of experience improving the health and well-being of our enrollees.”
Amerigroup D.C. is one of three Medicaid managed care organizations selected to serve the District of Columbia. Under the new contract, Amerigroup D.C. will coordinate medical, behavioral, dental and vision health benefits for managed care enrollees. Through its innovative approach and customized services, Amerigroup D.C. will improve health services to eligible residents throughout the District.
In June 2017, Dr. Elam joined Amerigroup as D.C. Medicaid plan president where she will oversee the administration of all services for the newly-awarded health plan.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead Amerigroup D.C. and to be a part of a team that is dedicated to the development and implementation of strategies designed to improve population health,” said Dr. Elam. “We are committed to serving our enrollees and the District by building strong community-based relationships, supporting healthy behaviors, and providing timely, high quality health care.”
Before joining Amerigroup D.C., Dr. Elam was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she oversaw the office responsible for policies focused on supporting the independence, health and productivity of elderly individuals, people living with disabilities and behavioral health issues. Prior to her federal appointment, Dr. Elam served as the State Medicaid Director for the District of Columbia.
ABOUT AMERIGROUP D.C.
Amerigroup D.C., Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Through a family of affiliated companies, Amerigroup provides managed care services to more than 6.5 million beneficiaries participating in state Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and Long Term Services and Supports programs. Amerigroup D.C. recognizes the challenges low-income and underserved individuals face in meeting their health care needs. Amerigroup D.C. will offer plans focused on providing access to high quality care for its enrollees while expanding access to care and improving health outcomes.