Baltimore Raven Justin Forsett teams up Amerigroup to tackle pediatric health

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Amerigroup Maryland is kicking off another year of promoting annual wellness exams among children and teenagers in its Medicaid plans in the Baltimore area with the help of the Baltimore Ravens. This year’s program includes a special free gift for every eligible Amerigroup member who completes and documents a health screening.

In its fourth year, “Purple Ticket to Health” encourages children and teens in Amerigroup Maryland’s Medicaid plan to get an annual checkup. The medical exams are even more important for young people because their bodies are developing so rapidly.

Ravens running back Justin Forsett, who supports the program, said, “Having recently rehabbed my arm, I can tell you that it’s critical to have access to quality health care. This is just as true for every child in the Baltimore area as it is for NFL players.”

This year, Amerigroup will give every “Purple Ticket to Health” participant a free pair of Ravens-branded athletic socks. The socks feature the Ravens and Amerigroup logos as well as the hashtag #PT2H. “I encourage parents to take their kids to get their yearly health checkup,” said Forsett, “And while they’re at it, remember to register for some cool Ravens socks that you can wear when cheering on the team.” Additionally, participants will be registered for hundreds of prizes through regular drawings, including a Ravens training camp experience, a gameday experience, stadium tours and autographed jerseys.

“Our partnership with the Baltimore Ravens through Purple Ticket to Health has resulted in more of our members receiving their yearly exams,” said Vince Ancona, plan president for Amerigroup Maryland. “That’s good news not only for these individuals, but for public health in general. We’re pleased with the results and are looking forward to even kicking up the program this year with the new features.”

Through this promotion, Amerigroup hopes to give away thousands of pairs of socks this year and, more importantly, improve the health of some of its youngest members.

Eligible Amerigroup members have already received a brochure in the mail with a “Purple Ticket to Health” coupon, and can register for the socks and the drawings by getting the exam and retuning the coupon. Socks will be mailed weekly once the annual checkup has been verified.

Amerigroup Maryland has provided health care coverage since 1999. The organization serves approximately 266,000 members in the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Amerigroup Maryland is the state’s largest Managed Care Organization (MCO) and is one of the largest MCOs in Baltimore City and the counties of Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel. Employees share genuine pride in making a difference in the lives of people who might need a little extra help.