AHNJ Becomes State's Only Health Insurance Company to Give Members Access to Every NJ Hospital

Signs agreement with Palisades Medical Center of North Bergen

Iselin and Mt. Laurel, NJ - July 1, 2009 - AmeriHealth New Jersey has entered a two-year agreement with Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, the company announced today. The agreement is effective July 1 and makes AmeriHealth the only health insurance company in New Jersey to provide its members with access to all acute-care hospitals in the state.

"We are proud to now offer our members in-network access to every hospital in New Jersey," said Paul Portsmore, vice president of health services for AmeriHealth. "This reinforces AmeriHealth New Jersey's status as the only health insurance company exclusively focused on meeting the unique needs of New Jersey individuals and businesses. While other insurers attempt to serve markets in other states — or to sell large, national accounts — AmeriHealth provides innovative products and award-winning service, to New Jersey individuals and businesses."

Palisades Medical Center, a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, is a 202-bed hospital serving as a comprehensive health resource for 350,000 residents in Bergen and Hudson counties.

"We are very excited to partner with AmeriHealth New Jersey. It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to expand our network of providers for the communities that we serve," said John Callandriello, CFO for Palisades Medical Center.

About AmeriHealth

AmeriHealth HMO, Inc. and AmeriHealth Insurance Company of New Jersey (collectively, "AmeriHealth New Jersey") provide health insurance coverage to employers and individuals throughout New Jersey. The company has one of the largest provider networks in New Jersey and those networks include access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company 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, the company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO Inc. of New Jersey, 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 has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin.

About Palisades Medical Center

Palisades Medical Center is a regional hospital located in North Bergen, NJ, serving a population of 350,000 in Hudson and Southern Bergen Counties. The hospital is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and operates the 202-bed Medical Center as well as The Harborage, a 245-bed rehabilitation center and nursing home

Media Contact

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