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AmeriHealth District of Columbia Now Serving 100,000 Washington D.C. Medicaid Beneficiaries

New Offices on Vermont Avenue Home to 150 Experienced Staff


May 01, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

AmeriHealth District of Columbia, a member of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies (ACFC), announced that it is now providing Medicaid managed care and services to Medicaid beneficiaries living in the District of Columbia, effective today. AmeriHealth Caritas is a majority-owned subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan holds a minority interest.

Approximately 100,000 Medicaid beneficiaries living in the District now have access to AmeriHealth District of Columbia's comprehensive suite of services, including covered physical health, behavioral health through ACFC's PerformCare business, pharmacy services through the company's PerformRx affiliate, and dental and vision services designed to improve quality outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries.

AmeriHealth District of Columbia's new offices are located at 1120 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 200 and will be staffed with approximately 150 employees.

In March, ACFC entered into an agreement to purchase certain assets from D.C. Chartered Health Plan (in Rehabilitation).  Additionally, DHCF announced on April 5 that AmeriHealth District of Columbia will assume operations of D.C. Chartered Health Plan beginning May 1.

Karen Dale, former executive vice president of Health Care Management at D.C. Chartered Health Plan, Inc., will serve as executive director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia. Karen is a seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in health care operations, program development and financial management.

Said Michael A. Rashid, president and chief executive officer of ACFC, "AmeriHealth District of Columbia is staffed by a local, deeply experienced team led by Karen Dale, who is a talented, proven executive. Together, they have served the District's most vulnerable citizens for more than 25 years. We are excited about the opportunity to combine their District-focused experience with our national expertise in Medicaid managed care, as we work with providers, community partners and the District to improve access to effective and compassionate care for underserved populations living in this vibrant community."

"I'm thrilled that such a successful, well-managed and nationally known company will be managing health care for the city's most vulnerable residents," said William P. White, commissioner of the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. "It's been a long road to get here, and it's great to know it turned out so well and that our Medicaid recipients will be under such excellent care."

About AmeriHealth District of Columbia

AmeriHealth District of Columbia, a member of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, is a Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan that serves approximately 100,000 Medicaid recipients living throughout the District of Columbia.  Headquartered in the District, AmeriHealth District of Columbia is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping members get care, stay well and build healthy communities.

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. AmeriHealth Caritas operates in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and serves more than 5 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management services, behavioral health services and other administrative services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with 30 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.