AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa Signs Provider Contract with UnityPoint Health® To Serve Iowa’s Medicaid Population

Caritas Iowa
, a Medicaid managed care health plan that will serve
Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries as part of the state’s new IA Health Link
program beginning March 1, 2016, announced today that it has signed an
agreement with UnityPoint Health® that will give AmeriHealth Caritas
Iowa’s members access to UnityPoint Health’s hospitals, home care
experts, primary care physicians and specialists throughout Iowa and the
Illinois Quad Cities.

UnityPoint Health is one of Iowa’s largest providers of hospital,
, telehealth
and other health care services. It includes more than 3,500
doctors and specialists
, eight hospitals and clinics in Anamosa,
Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Quad Cities, Muscatine,
Sioux City and Waterloo in Iowa, as well as Madison, Wis. and Peoria,

“We are excited to add UnityPoint Health to our network,” said Cheryl
Harding, market president for AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa. “For more than
30 years, our family of companies has specialized in helping individuals
who are most in need to access quality health care and services. Our
partnership with UnityPoint Health will allow our members throughout the
state access to the more than 28,000 dedicated health care professionals
who make UnityPoint Health one of the most respected health systems in
the state.”

“Establishing this new relationship with AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa
enables us to ensure that the best access to health care services is
available to our patients,” said Brian Jones, vice president of payor
innovation, UnityPoint Health. “In partnership with the State of Iowa,
it allows us to continue to provide high-quality service to some of our
most vulnerable patients at UnityPoint Health.”

The new IA Health Link program will serve the majority of Iowa’s
Medicaid population, or about 560,000 Iowans, through select managed
care plans. For more information about the IA Health Link program, visit

About AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of
Companies, is one of the Medicaid managed care plans that will
participate in IA Health Link beginning in March 2016. AmeriHealth
Caritas Iowa will help Iowans get proper care and stay well, working
with communities in need to achieve positive health outcomes throughout
the state. For more information, visit

About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in
partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. AmeriHealth Caritas
is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most
in need. Operating in 16 states and the District of Columbia,
AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 6.9 million Medicaid, Medicare and
CHIP members through its integrated managed care products,
pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services,
behavioral health services and other administrative services.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven
organization with more than 30 years of experience serving low-income
and chronically ill populations. For more information, visit

About UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health (
is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Our physician-led
team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a
patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a
clinic, a hospital or at home. Through relationships with more than 280
physician clinics, 32 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities
and home care services throughout its 9 regions, UnityPoint Health
provides care throughout Iowa, Western Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 30,000 employees, working
toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every
Patient Every Time®. Each year, through more than 4.5 million patient
visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic® and UnityPoint at Home
provides a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With
annual revenues of $3.8 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th
largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational
health system in America. UnityPoint Health provides community benefit
programs and services to improve the health of people in its communities.


AmeriHealth Caritas
Joshua Brett, 1-215-863-5458