AmeriHealth New Jersey and Meridian Health Collaborate to Provide Affordable Options for Self-Funded Businesses in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Cranbury, NJ — July 21, 2015 — AmeriHealth New Jersey and Meridian Health today announced a collaboration to offer self-funded businesses in Monmouth and Ocean counties access to the AmeriHealth Advantage plan.

Created to be mindful of a business’ budget and provide more choice, the AmeriHealth Advantage plan offers a tiered network option that has lower copays and out-of-pocket costs for members who utilize the Tier 1 network.

Meridian Health is the featured Tier 1 provider in the AmeriHealth Advantage network in Monmouth and Ocean counties giving members access to Meridian’s five hospitals, 400 physicians and diverse health care services, including home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers, such as surgery and imaging centers.  Physicians that are part of Meridian Health Partners, Meridian’s clinically integrated network, will work together to improve the quality of care while controlling costs.  With Meridian’s more than 100 convenient locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, members have access to high-quality care, close to home. 

Tier 2 provides members with access to AmeriHealth New Jersey’s broader Local Value Network across the entire state, which offers additional in-network options with an increase in copays and out-of-pocket costs.

“Our collaboration with Meridian is another example of how AmeriHealth New Jersey drives joint accountability in partnering with physicians and hospitals to deliver higher quality health care and lower costs for New Jersey residents,” said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth New Jersey.

“Over the past several years, Meridian has been focused on developing and implementing programs to integrate patient care, while reducing costs and increasing quality,” says Patrick Young, executive vice president of Meridian Health Solutions.  “We are partnering with AmeriHealth New Jersey to offer a product that will deliver a better patient experience for everyone, while at the same time controlling costs.”

The AmeriHealth Advantage plans are currently available to self-funded businesses in Ocean and Monmouth counties and will be available to consumers and fully insured small businesses in both counties effective January 1, 2016. The plans will be available for purchase on the Individual and SHOP Marketplaces, or by contacting AmeriHealth New Jersey directly, or through a broker.

To learn more about AmeriHealth New Jersey’s plan offerings visit

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 the largest provider network in New Jersey*, and provides 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. is accredited by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

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 headquarters are located in Cranbury, NJ. For more information on AmeriHealth New Jersey, visit

* Based on analysis done through an independent source.

About Meridian Health
A leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge.  In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement to merge.  Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit

Media Contact

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