Amerigroup Public Policy Institute Earns HHS Strong Start Award

       Amerigroup Public Policy Institute Earns HHS Strong Start Award

PR Newswire

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 21, 2013

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Amerigroup, a wholly owned
subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., today announced its Public Policy Institute
(PPI) received an award from the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns
Initiative, an effort by the United States Department of Health & Human
Services, for its group prenatal care project proposal.

Strong Start is an effort among the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for
Children and Families to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for
newborns and pregnant women.

"We are committed to improving maternal health outcomes and reducing preterm
births through group prenatal care," said Kate Massey, Amerigroup executive
director of PPI. "We are grateful for the funds made possible by Strong Start,
which will equip providers with seed money to facilitate extended group
prenatal care visits, provide increased health education, and foster peer
support relationships to enhance the care provided to Louisiana women on
Medicaid with high-risk pregnancies."

The Amerigroup PPI, along with the support of community-based organizations
and BAYOU HEALTH, convened the Bayou CenteringPregnancy project proposal based
on Centering Healthcare Institute's (CHI) CenteringPregnancy model, focused on
improving maternal health outcomes through group prenatal care. The Southeast
Louisiana Area Health Education Center has been selected as the third party
administrator responsible for oversight of implementation activities and
distribution of funds.

This collaboration between Amerigroup and CHI is an outgrowth of the
long-standing partnership between the two organizations that have worked
together in the past to promote group prenatal care in clinics serving high
risk populations.

"CHI is proud of its partnership with Amerigroup, a champion for maternal
child health, and we congratulate the Company on its Strong Start award," said
Colleen Senterfitt, CHI chief operating officer. "Together we have established
CenteringPregnancy prenatal care in three Texas and Maryland sites, and we
look forward to continuing our Amerigroup partnership through Strong Start to
establish an effective CenteringPregnancy presence in Louisiana."

The Bayou CenteringPregnancy project will provide pregnant women with enhanced
behavioral and psychosocial support by implementing group prenatal care at
four obstetrical hospitals in the state —Louisiana State University (LSU) New
Orleans, LSU Shreveport, Ochsner Medical Center and Woman's Hospital.

Funding made available through Strong Start will cover the costs associated
with adoption of the CenteringPregnancy model at participating practices,
including provider training, care delivery system redesign, supplies and
necessary administrative support. In addition, this project will fund the
development and implementation of health education content tailored to the
CenteringPregnancy curriculum in partnership with the Text4baby program, which
will enhance the support women receive through group prenatal visits. The
Bayou CenteringPregnancy project will also fund ongoing data collection and
learning collaborative among partners to evaluate the efficacy of the model
and promote continuous quality improvement.

About PPI
The Amerigroup PPI was established to contribute research and analysis to the
public policy discourse around health care entitlement programs. We promote
innovation through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations and
other business partners to test interventions that improve health outcomes
while reducing costs. In addition, we leverage data collected by our health
plans to evaluate the impact of our programs on the health and quality of our
members, as well as the cost of program operations.

About Amerigroup
Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., is the largest
company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially
vulnerable Americans. Currently serving approximately 2.7 million members in
13 states nationwide, Amerigroup is dedicated to offering real solutions that
improve health care access and quality for our members, while proactively
working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. Together with
WellPoint's affiliated health plans, we serve more than 4.5 million
beneficiaries of state sponsored health plans in 20 states, making us the
nation's leading provider of health care solutions for public programs.
Amerigroup accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or

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