Foundation of Simply Healthcare Plans and Amerigroup Florida’s Parent Company Offers Support to Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AmerigroupFL–The philanthropic foundation of Simply Healthcare Plans and Amerigroup
Florida’s parent company has launched several support efforts to help
Floridians impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The foundation is working with
disaster relief partners, American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Portlight
Strategies to ensure impacted Floridians have access to life-saving
medication, basic necessities and health care services.

Through a $75,000 grant, the foundation has engaged partner
organization, AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health
organization, to help Floridians in crisis. Funding has supported the
deployment of AmeriCares emergency response teams who are delivering
medicine and relief supplies to impacted residents. AmeriCares is also
assisting local clinics to address immediate health concerns and
ensuring people have access to care. Their Central Florida warehouse is
stocked with medicine and medical supplies, including insulin and
tetanus vaccine, and they are prepared to distribute supplies to areas
in need.

The foundation has also partnered with the American Red Cross to enable
extra support programs in impacted areas. Local Red Cross personnel and
shelters in impacted areas are currently providing meals, relief
supplies and other assistance to thousands of Floridians and first
responders. The Red Cross has also prepositioned more than 30 trailer
loads of sheltering supplies, ready-to-eat meals as well as clean-up and
comfort kits containing personal hygiene items along Florida’s East
Coast. These efforts are supported with foundation funding made to the
American Red Cross’s Annual Disaster Giving Program.

Another foundation grant is supporting efforts launched by Portlight
Strategies. Portlight Strategies serves as an information hub during and
after natural disasters to help people with disabilities. They connect
people with resources and assist with immediate needs such as access to
durable and consumable medical supplies. Portlight Strategies also works
closely with the American Red Cross to ensure shelters meet the needs of
people with disabilities.

Additionally, the foundation has pledged to match all donations made by
company associates to its employee assistance fund and the American Red
Cross at 100 percent through the month of October.


The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Simply Healthcare Plans and
Amerigroup Florida, wholly owned subsidiaries of Anthem, Inc. Together,
with local, regional and national organizations, the foundation works to
enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in
communities that its affiliated health plans serve. Foundation funding
is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide
innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the
Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five
areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal
Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle.
These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in
the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates,
long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical
activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal
and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The foundation also
coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which
provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as
its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs.
To learn more about the foundation, please visit


Anthem Foundation
Denise Malecki