Anthony Woods is the President and CEO of Amerigroup Washington. The public health emergency (PHE) was recently extended through Jan. 11, 2023, but health care providers have been preparing for its end for several months. Amerigroup will continue to do so, Woods said at our 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference, as approximately 2,000 customers could lose health coverage when the PHE eventually ends.
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“We’re really aligning ourselves to the state and their specific needs,” Woods said. “We have a couple thousand individuals that are going to lose health benefits. Where are they going to go? We want to make sure we’re in lockstep, not just with the Health Care Authority, but with providers, on getting that demographic information to make sure we can do whatever we can to make sure they maintain their coverage.”