NJAHP Elects New Board of Directors: AmeriHealth's Litten to Serve as Chairperson

Trenton, NJ - February 20, 2009 - The New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) - a non-profit association representing New Jersey's leading health care plans - has elected Brian J. Litten as chairperson for 2009-2010 at its January executive-board meeting.

Brian Litten, vice president of strategic and external affairs at AmeriHealth New Jersey (AmeriHealth), becomes the first AmeriHealth executive to serve as NJAHP board chairperson.  He also serves on the national board of the Public Affairs Council and as a trustee of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.  Litten was also appointed by Governor Jon Corzine to New Jersey's Health Care Access Study Commission.  He lives in Moorestown, NJ.

Litten is joined by: Larry Lewis, Jr., vice chairperson; John M. Leyman, treasurer; Katie Wade, secretary; Brendan Peppard, chairperson, legislative committee; and Joseph W. Manger, chairperson, Medicaid committee.

"NJAHP's charter is to identify and address the challenges facing the New Jersey health care industry, in a manner that ultimately benefits plan members and our other important stakeholders," said Wardell Sanders, president of NJAHP.  "Our new board of directors for the 2009-2010 term is actively committed to supporting that charter."

About AmeriHealth New Jersey

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, "AmeriHealth New Jersey") provides health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. AmeriHealth New Jersey has one of the largest provider networks in New Jersey, and offers access to hospitals and doctors across the nation.  AmeriHealth New Jersey is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through AmeriHealth's innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

AmeriHealth New Jersey earned top ratings for customer service and quality of care as part of the state's recent health plan performance report. Additionally, AmeriHealth HMO Inc., has received the highest possible accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by meeting NCQA's rigorous evaluation standards.

AmeriHealth New Jersey and its affiliates are a growing group of insurance and health companies whose product portfolios include health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. AmeriHealth New Jersey has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin.

About NJAHP

The New Jersey Association of Health Plans is a non-profit association championing quality health care in New Jersey by representing the leading health care plans.  As an advocate for its member plans, NJAHP proves a valuable resource for advocacy, education and technical assistance on issues related to health care and health coverage.  The health plans that NJAHP represents provide coverage or administer coverage for a majority of New Jersey residents.

Media Contact

Jill Roman
Manager, Public Relations
AmeriHealth New Jersey
(609) 662-2454
Jill.Roman@AmeriHealth.com