41 Keystone Mercy Health Plan Members to Receive Scholarships from the Plan's Employees

Employee-Sponsored Program Helps Medical Assistance Members, of All Ages, in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties Go Back to School

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It's a labor of love for all of us.

Philadelphia (Vocus) June 24, 2009

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medical Assistance managed care organization in Pennsylvania, will be awarding scholarships, totaling $82,000, to 41 of its members, on Tuesday, June 23, as part of the plan's 21st Annual Member Scholarship program, which is funded by employee donations.

The program, which was started with one scholarship in 1988 in celebration of the company's fifth anniversary, is unique in that it collects donations from more than 1,500 Keystone Mercy employees. Since its inception, the scholarship program has awarded more than 700 scholarships, totaling more than $1.5 million in assistance.

The Keystone Mercy Member Scholarship Program provides assistance to young adults embarking on a college education and to non-traditional students coming back to school later in life to learn a new skill. Many have overcome significant challenges, including disability and poverty, to get their education and improve their lives.

Employees begin fundraising initiatives, which include company events and pledges, in March of each year and present the awards by June of the same year. This year, the scholarship program received more than 130 applications.

More than 120 Keystone Mercy employees, scholarship recipients and their family members are expected to attend the awards ceremony on June 23, at 6:00pm, at The PECO Building, 2301 Market Street, here.

Meg Grant, Keystone Mercy's Scholarship Committee Chair, believes that the success of the program is due to the overall mission of the company to help those in need, and to its dedicated employees. "It's a labor of love for all of us." said Grant, "To know that the combined total of our modest, personal contributions can have such an impact on our members' lives is very rewarding."

Ethel Cooper, a past scholarship recipient, recalled her desire to return back to school. "Never did I think for a second, that an insurance company would fulfill my dreams of going back to school. It's because of them that I never gave up hope, and graduated with an associate's degree at the age of 63."

About Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Keystone Mercy Health Plan, a member of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of companies, is Pennsylvania's largest Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan serving more than 300,000 Medical Assistance recipients in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Keystone Mercy is a mission-driven, health care ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. With more than 20 years of experience and a special concern for the poor and disadvantaged, Keystone Mercy's mission is to help people get care, stay well, and build healthy communities. The company is a partnership between Mercy Health System and Keystone First, a subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross. For more information about Keystone Mercy Health Plan, please visit http://www.keystonemercy.com.

Contact: Keith Eckert
Tel: (215) 863-6762
Cell: (215) 527-7577

Jennifer Chapple
Tel: 215-922-7184
Cell: 215-260-4767

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