AmeriHealth New Jersey introduces NJ Protect plan for uninsured New Jerseyans

Iselin and Mt. Laurel, NJ - February 17, 2011 - AmeriHealth New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Individual Health Coverage Program, announces its participation in NJ Protect, a new health insurance plan for uninsured New Jersey residents with pre-existing medical conditions.

Coverage through NJ Protect will generally cost less than comparable individual health insurance for New Jersey residents who meet the plan's Federally established eligibility requirements. In addition to being a New Jersey resident, eligibility requirements include having United Stated citizenship (or status as a non-citizen national or legal alien); being uninsured for at least the last six months and having a chronic, pre-existing medical condition.

"NJ Protect offers a lifeline to New Jersey residents who are often challenged to get, and pay for, proper health care," said Michael Munoz, vice president, sales and marketing for AmeriHealth New Jersey. "Our NJ Protect plan offers comprehensive health care benefits and the freedom to choose providers and hospitals from the AmeriHealth New Jersey network, or from outside that network."

The NJ Protect plan is an outgrowth of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010, which created a national, high-risk insurance pool program to provide temporary coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions who have been uninsured for the last six consecutive months.

"AmeriHealth New Jersey's participation in NJ Protect is good news for consumers," said New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Assistant Commissioner, Life and Health Neil Sullivan. "With its strong southern New Jersey base, extensive network, and resources, AmeriHealth will extend the reach of NJ Protect and improve availability and accessibility to quality healthcare for State residents who are eligible to enroll in this program."

More information on the AmeriHealth New Jersey NJ Protect plan can be found at www.amerihealth.com/health_plans/nj/individual/protect.html.

About AmeriHealth New Jersey
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 that network includes access to hospitals and doctors across the nation. The company is also committed to offering value-added insurance solutions for customers through its innovative wellness and incentive programs and benefits designs.

The company's managed care plan, 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 has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin.

Media Contact

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