LAHP Welcomes Humana’s Matt Berger as Newest Board Member

 Humana Regional president matt berger

Humana Regional president matt berger

Baton Rouge, La. – The Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP) announced Wednesday that Humana regional executive Matt Berger has joined the organization’s board of directors.

“I’m excited to have Matt join the board as we focus on leading Louisiana’s health benefits industry during such an interesting time in healthcare,” said LAHP CEO Jeff Drozda. “His insight will be beneficial to our organization’s continued success.”

Humana appointed Berger as Regional President for its Louisiana and Mississippi Medicare markets earlier this year after he spent four years as the company’s Medicare Central Division chief financial officer.

“As one of Louisiana’s largest health benefits companies, Humana is pleased to continue our support of and participation in LAHP,” said Berger. “Humana is already partnering with employers, providers and community organizations across Louisiana on our Bold Goal to improve the health of New Orleans and Baton Rouge 20 percent by 2020, and we look forward to working with LAHP and its members on population health and other industry issues.”

Berger is a native of New Orleans. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, his MBA from Tulane University School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from LSU.

About the Louisiana Association of Health Plans

Since 1991, LAHP has facilitated communications among its members, our government and the industry regarding health care issues of common concern. LAHP provides its members the means to address legislative and regulatory issues in an organized and effective way. It also allows the industry to be represented in other arenas so that health benefits principles can always be considered when public policy decisions are made and so that the health benefits industry can speak with one voice.

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Healthy Blue, Formerly Amerigroup Louisiana, Becomes New Health Plan Brand for More than 235,000 Louisiana Medicaid Members

Healthy Blue, a leading managed care plan within the Healthy Louisiana Medicaid program, is formally being introduced to members, providers and stakeholders across the state. Earlier this year, Amerigroup and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana entered into a partnership to serve the Healthy Louisiana Medicaid program. The rebranding of the former Amerigroup plan to Healthy Blue, which was announced in July and became effective on Sept. 1, extends the strength and stability of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana brand to more than 235,000 Amerigroup Louisiana members who participate in the state’s Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion and LaCHIP programs.

“We are pleased to introduce our newly branded Healthy Blue Louisiana Medicaid plan and join our members with a family of more than 1.5 million people who call themselves Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana customers,” said Aaron Lambert, Healthy Blue president. “This is an initial step in following through on our commitment to enhance health care delivery across our state, and we look forward to many more progressive efforts that continue to demonstrate our abilities as Louisiana’s primary healthcare solutions partner.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana President and CEO Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi said the partnership is one way the company is living its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. “Our involvement in Medicaid is a way to help an important—and often vulnerable—population receive better healthcare. I see this as an avenue for helping to elevate our state’s health status from its bottom ranking in the country.”

Health plan benefits and services remain the same, and Healthy Blue members can continue to see their current healthcare providers to get care that is familiar to them. All prior approvals and referrals are still valid, and the teams who serve members and providers are still in place.

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Amerigroup Louisiana Joins American Diabetes Association to Sponsor No Cost Summer Camp for Children at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Amerigroup Louisiana and the American Diabetes Association Louisiana & Mississippi have joined efforts to fight the increasing epidemic of type 2 diabetes in children. Amerigroup has provided a $10,000 grant to sponsor the American Diabetes Association’s Camp PowerUp! in New Orleans that will take place June 5 – 16. Camp PowerUp! is a free summer camp program in Orleans Parish for children between the ages of 9 and 14, who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The summer camp is one of two of its kind in Louisiana, and one of 11 across the nation being offered by the American Diabetes Association to promote diabetes prevention. The camp will offer nutritional education, physical activity and social/emotional support that encourage youth to adopt healthy lifestyles. It will also focus on engaging the campers’ families to make healthy choices and to stay physically active together.

“Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents now represents one of the most rapidly growing forms of diabetes in the country, which is very alarming,” said Dr. Raymond Poliquit, Amerigroup Louisiana medical director. “Amerigroup is passionate about educating children and helping them to become more engaged in their health, so they can thrive as adults, and we are pleased that the American Diabetes Association has brought Camp PowerUp! to New Orleans to help our children build healthier futures.”

Studies show that 1 in 3 children born after the year 2000 are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, and may experience complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease blindness and amputation at earlier ages. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in Orleans Parish, while complications from diabetes, such as stroke and heart disease, are the leading causes of death in Orleans Parish. In the New Orleans metro area, approximately 21 percent of resident children are obese and at risk for developing diabetes; however, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed for many years with simple lifestyle choices such as eating healthy and becoming more active.

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