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Governor Wolf Joins AmeriHealth Caritas to Launch New Opioid Overdose Reversal Training Program for Its Employees

May 22, 2019
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (left) and AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano (right) (Photo courtesy of AmeriHealth Caritas)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (left) and AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano (right) (Photo courtesy of AmeriHealth Caritas)

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2019--

AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, announced today a new program to train its employees on the use of naloxone, also known as NARCAN®. As part of this program, employees will also be able to receive naloxone toolkits in a first-ever program by a managed care organization (MCO) in the Commonwealth. Governor Wolf and members of his Administration joined the rollout, which included a series of overdose reversal trainings in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (left) and AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano (right) (Photo courtesy of AmeriHealth Caritas)

AmeriHealth Caritas is a leading employer in Pennsylvania, with over 3,100 employees in the Commonwealth and over 6,100 nationally, and is the Commonwealth’s largest Medicaid managed care company, serving over 620,000 members. Many of the company’s employees serve on the front line in vulnerable and underserved communities, providing face-to-face assistance to help residents access health care. The Medicaid managed care organization will provide training and make naloxone toolkits available to allow employees to respond to an overdose by administering the overdose reversal drug. The program will first launch in the Commonwealth, and will later expand to all 6,100 employees in other states.

“We need all hands on deck to confront this crisis,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We’ve made progress in the past year, but there is more work to be done at all levels. That starts with saving lives and NARCAN is doing that. Today’s training is one more way to continue to battle this crisis and to learn how we can connect those impacted with resources and supports.”

“We’re honored to have Governor Wolf with us as we expand our Opioid Blueprint to serve our members in Pennsylvania,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO Paul Tufano. “As a company that is deeply embedded in the communities we serve, we witness the struggles our members face. Opioid addiction doesn’t discriminate—regardless of income, race, gender or age, it has had a devastating effect on our neighbors, friends, families and co-workers. The struggle against opioid addiction is one no one should face alone, and we’ll do everything we can so more lives are not lost to this disease.”

Pennsylvania saw 4,267 overdose fatalities in 2018. Governor Wolf signed a disaster declaration in January of 2018 and has continued to extend the declaration to reflect the ongoing nature of the crisis. Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, has issued a standing statewide prescription to make naloxone available to the general public.

AmeriHealth Caritas’ Opioid Blueprint

Intervention, member engagement and increased access to naloxone are vital to AmeriHealth Caritas’ multi-faceted Opioid Blueprint, a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to prevent and combat substance use disorders. The Opioid Blueprint also provides an engagement strategy to help ensure AmeriHealth Caritas members have access to behavioral health treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

Additional information about the company’s Opioid Blueprint is available here.

About AmeriHealth Caritas

AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5 million Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral health services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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CONTACT: Monica Lewis

Tel: 215-280-8707

mlewis@amerihealthcaritas.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: EDUCATION HEALTH PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT PHARMACEUTICAL STATE/LOCAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE TRAINING MANAGED CARE

SOURCE: AmeriHealth Caritas

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