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We are noticing a significant increase in the number
of our members and providers using telehealth during
this national health emergency. With Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) services, members can use
face-to-face video chat for visits with specialists, behavioral health providers and others, see your doctor
for checkups, medication checks and counseling— or
schedule sick visits for things like colds, flu and fevers,
rashes, sinus problems and allergies.
We’ve also introduced some new digital tools to help
with making informed, data-driven decisions during
COVID-19. C19 Explorer is intended for government
officials, healthcare and community leaders and provides
interactive dashboards (both current and predictive)
regarding areas such as infection rate and community
risk scores. The dashboards combine public and private
data at the federal, state,
and county levels, and help
assess a community’s readiness to re-open and plan
Services launched a program to provide free laptops and
three months of free internet access to children living in
foster care. The initiative enables children living in foster
care to continue e-learning and at-home education while
adhering to social distancing measures.
KENT What are future plans and your vision for Amerigroup in Georgia?
LINDSEY Maternal health and pre-term births are big focus
areas since Georgia ranks so low in these categories
versus the rest of the nation. In the last legislative session,
Governor Kemp and the legislature showed great leadership on this issue by providing funding to extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant moms up to 6 months after
delivery, which should really help with that issue.
We’ll continue to work
with the State and partners
like the March of Dimes
to continually improve the
health of new mothers and
infants. While appreciating
KENT Your company’s philthe budget uncertainty in
anthropic arm does a lot of
the current environment,
work ranging from helping
we would love to see the
foster care to dispensing
General Assembly work to
grants to various commuextend this post-partum
nity healthcare centers and
coverage for an additional
programs. What specifically
six months—which would
is the foundation focusing
allow new moms to mainMel Lindsey and United Way: working in
on in Georgia?
tain a full year of coverage.
collaboration with United Way of Greater
As previously menAtlanta on Motel to Home Initiative.
LINDSEY Since the onset of
tioned, one of the great
the pandemic, the Anthem
honors we have is being
Foundation committed $50 million to support COVID-19
entrusted to serve the State’s foster care children through
relief efforts in affected communities across the country.
the Georgia Families 360 Program. We will continue to
That funding is fighting hunger and providing urgently
work with our state customers, advocates and providers
needed disaster relief and social support services—
to drive better outcomes for these children. All of these
such as Feeding America, Americares, Direct Relief,
stakeholders are critical partners with a shared mission
the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ameriof continuously improving the manner in which these
ca, Mental Health America and many other communivalued individuals are served.
We will also continue to support programs that target
In Georgia, we’ve been redirecting funds to several orhomelessness, food insecurity, and combatting human
ganizations on the frontlines in the fight against food insetrafficking. We understand that we must invest and concurity as Georgians continue to struggle with the effects
nect with our community in order to make meaningful
of the virus. Seven community partners received more
change and sustained improvements, and we are focused
than $200,000 to urgently address specific COVID-19 relief
and committed to that end.
efforts: Action Ministries, The Atlanta Community Food
Recognizing the need to continue to grow, evolve
Bank, Georgia Family Connection Partnership, the Georand be forward thinking in how we serve our customers,
gia Mountain Food Bank, Thanks Mom and Dad, United
Amerigroup will remain committed to building and adoptWay of Greater Atlanta and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
ing both digital and virtual solutions. These tools will
In addition to these donations, Amerigroup Georgia
increase access to care, as well as enhance effectiveness
along with the Georgia Department of Community Health
and efficiency thru the delivery of first class analytics that
(DCH) and the Georgia Division of Family & Children
inform our mission to serve our customers.
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Phil Kent is the CEO & Publisher of James and InsiderAdvantage Georgia.
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