AmeriHealth Caritas Florida offers community support in wake of Hurricane Ian

by | Nov 21, 2022

 

  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida, a Medicaid managed care provider, is offering support to local communities affected by the landfall of Hurricane Ian 
  • The provider donated $10,000 to Feeding Florida’s current hurricane relief efforts of delivering food boxes, produce, and other types of recovery materials to those impacted across the state
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida additionally procured $5,000 in diapers, wipes, bottles, and formula for families in need
  • In early October, the company contributed $100,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund 

AmeriHealth Caritas Florida, the operator of a Medicaid managed care plan through Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care program, is offering support to communities directly affected by the landfall of Hurricane Ian in September.

The provider donated $10,000 to Feeding Florida’s current hurricane relief efforts of delivering food boxes, produce, and other types of recovery materials to those impacted across the state, as well as working alongside local community partners across the state to assess further areas of need.

“Helping families get enough to eat has always been an integral part of AmeriHealth Caritas Florida’s commitment,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Florida Market President Kathy Warner. “As efforts to recover and rebuild are ongoing, we are here to support our community partners in reaching families and fulfilling their needs during this crucial time.”

Sustained local efforts include the securing of more than 100 tarps in Okeechobee County for homes impacted by the hurricane for the county to distribute.

Additionally, the provider procured $5,000 in diapers, wipes, bottles, and formula for families in need.  Upon initial damage assessments in early October, AmeriHealth Caritas Florida’s parent company donated $100,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund.

“In support of our Florida members and their families, friends, and neighbors, AmeriHealth Caritas is donating $100,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund,” said the company. “We have Florida in our thoughts and prayers as the state works to repair the damage left by Hurricane Ian and rebuilds not only homes, businesses, bridges, and roadways, but also the hearts and hopes of its citizens.”

The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation updated its Hurricane Ian estimates on Tuesday, increasing the costs to nearly $4 billion. In a news release, Citizens estimates that direct losses and loss adjustment expenses will total $3.8 billion from the Category 4 storm that ripped through Southwest Florida in late September.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, pummeling Florida’s Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 155 mph before cutting across toward the east coast. The storm left a path of destruction across the Sunshine State, producing catastrophic flooding and storm surge. It is the third-deadliest storm to hit the U.S., eclipsed only by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.

Citizens said its initial estimate of $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion was based on one hurricane model. The revised projection of $3.8 billion incorporates the results of a second hurricane model, which factors in actual claims data, additional provisions for litigation costs, and inflation.

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