Healthpass Adds HealthFirst
HealthPass New York, a private health insurance exchange for small businesses, announces that it will offer Healthfirst insurance plans to small business employers in the metropolitan New York City area. Healthfirst, a provider-sponsored health plan serving more than 1.2 million members in New York City and on Long Island, offers small employer group EPO plans to fit the needs of hardworking New Yorkers.
HealthPass will offer Healthfirst Pro EPO plans to eligible employers that employ between one to 100 employees. These plans are available to small businesses with employees who live, work, or reside in New York City and Nassau County. Eligible employers and their employees can begin enrolling in the Healthfirst plans now for coverage that would take effect as early as December 1, 2017.
The Healthfirst options include four Pro EPO plans with comprehensive benefits and pediatric dental and vision coverage that span all the metal tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). With Healthfirst plans, employees will have access to key features, including preventive and wellness visits (including annual checkups, vaccinations, and mammograms); a multilingual member services team; access to telemedicine via Teladoc; a robust choice of in-network doctors, specialists, hospitals, and urgent care centers; behavioral health and substance abuse services; coverage for acupuncture visits; and a user-friendly member portal that enables members to proactively manage their care.
Healthfirst had entered the small business market Jan 1, 2017. Healthfirst is a provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million members in downstate New York and Nassau county. Healthfirst offers top-quality Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Child Health Plus, and Managed Long Term Care plans. Healthfirst Leaf Qualified Health Plans and the Healthfirst Essential Plan are offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Healthfirst offers Healthfirst Pro and Pro Plus, Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans for small-business owners and their employees, and Healthfirst Total, an EPO for individuals.
Attention CareConnect Clients:
With recent announcement “CareConnect Withdraws from NYS Market” a Healthfirst addition is especially important. In many instances the Healthfirst plans have a more robust network than CareConnect for NYC and LI. Namely, they have the same hospitals North Shore LIJ(Northwell), Maimonides, but additionally key hospitals such as Mt. Sinai, NYU, Lenox Hill + urgent cares such as CityMD and GO-Health. Rates are approximately $100/month higher for singles for example than CareConnect and would not be an automatic decision to move to Healthfirst.