Passport Health Plan Partners with March of Dimes for Healthier Babies



Contact: Leslie Porta

Phone: (502) 473-6680

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Passport Health Plan Partners with March of Dimes for Healthier Babies

Presenting Sponsor for 2013 Louisville March for Babies

(LOUISVILLE, Ky. December 20, 2012) — In an average week, 169 Kentucky babies are born preterm, and seven babies die before their first birthday. Prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns, and Passport Health Plan wants to help change this as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Louisville March for Babies, the largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes in Kentucky.

Passport Health Plan’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of its members, so they understand the importance of the March of Dimes’ work to prevent preterm births. “Passport Health Plan is dedicated to helping Kentuckians lead healthier lives, so our mission aligns perfectly with the March of Dimes,” said Mark B. Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan. “The preterm birth rate in Kentucky is 13.4 percent and that is unacceptable. The community has to work together to ensure more babies get a healthy start to life.”

Kentuckiana residents can start a March for Babies team with co-workers, family or friends at The 2013 walk is chaired by David Gray, president of Baptist Hospital East, and will be held on Saturday May 11 on the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park.

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. Last year, more than four million babies were born in the U.S. and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through vaccines, research, education and breakthroughs. For more information, visit or for Spanish.

For more information on the 2013 Louisville March for Babies contact Leslie Porta, Senior Community Director at 502-473-6680 or  You can also find us on Facebook at or on Twitter @marchofdimesky.

Passport Health Plan is a unique public‐private partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a provider sponsored Medicaid health plan serving members in 16 Kentucky counties for the last 15 years: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington. Passport Health Plan is sponsored by the University of Louisville Medical School Practice Association, University Medical Center, Inc., Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Norton Healthcare, and the Louisville Primary Care Association, which includes the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Welfare and Louisville’s two federally qualified health centers, Family Health Centers and Park DuValle. For additional information, please visit