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Select Health and its First Choice Medicaid Plan to Host Community Action Poverty Simulation

What

Select Health of South Carolina, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care organization and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, will host a special simulation to help its associates and community partners better understand the impact of poverty on daily living.

The camps are offered free of charge to all participants. First Choice Fit camps also feature a community health fair open to the public with no cost to attend. Health screenings will also be offered as part of the camps.

During a three-hour exercise, approximately 80 participants will assume the roles of low-income family members living on a limited budget. Together, family members and neighbors are given the challenge of providing for their basic necessities and shelter for one month with the funds they are given. At the end of the simulation, participants will share their experiences and discuss ideas to tackle socioeconomic barriers to achieving health, wellness, and overall quality of life.

First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina has helped South Carolina children stay healthy for more than 20 years. Since 2013, we have made fitness fun with First Choice Fit. This program has helped hundreds of young First Choice members and South Carolina kids improve their health through education and fun activities. Being First Choice Fit means eating right, being active, and seeing your doctor — even if you have not been sick. This year, there are more fun programs and events than ever to help South Carolina’s kids be First Choice Fit.

This event takes place during the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies Diversity and Inclusion Week scheduled from April 22 – 26.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Media are welcome to observe and cover the event for their outlets. However, Select Health has also reserved a limited number of spots for any media wishing to participate in the simulation.


Where

Ferndale Community Center
1995 Bolton Street
North Charleston, SC 29406
Special thanks to the City of North Charleston for hosting this event.


When

Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Why

According to 2018 World Atlas data, South Carolina ranks as the twelfth poorest state in the U.S. with 17.9 percent of households considered impoverished. According to that same source, Charleston has a poverty rate of 13.1 percent. Select Health will apply lessons learned from this experience to help shape associates’ understanding of the many challenges facing South Carolina citizens.


About Select Health of South Carolina

Select Health of South Carolina, part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, contracts with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to offer First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care health plan, in all 46 counties statewide. Select Health’s First Choice health plan is the top-rated Medicaid health plan in South Carolina, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017, 2017 – 2018 and 2018 – 2019. First Choice was the top-ranked Medicaid health plan in South Carolina per NCQA from 2010 – 2011 to 2014 – 2015. First Choice is the first health plan in South Carolina to earn NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction, an honor it has achieved four times since 2011.

Select Health also offers the First Choice VIP Care Plus Medicare-Medicaid plan in 39 South Carolina counties. For more information about First Choice VIP Care Plus, visit www.firstchoicevipcareplus.com

About AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

AmeriHealth Caritas is one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need. Operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia, AmeriHealth Caritas serves more than 5 million Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through its integrated managed care products, pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy services, and behavioral health services. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas is a mission-driven organization with more than 35 years of experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations. AmeriHealth Caritas is part of the Independence Health Group in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit www.amerihealthcaritas.com.