Healthfirst and HealthPass New York Offer More Comprehensive Health Insurance Options for Small Businesses

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NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.

“For more than 24 years, Healthfirst has prided itself on offering affordable, high-quality health coverage to the communities we serve. Offering our new small-business commercial EPO products on the HealthPass private exchange continues that tradition,” said Paul Portsmore, Healthfirst Senior Vice President of Growth. “Small businesses are the backbone of New York City and Long Island, and they deserve a health plan that will work just as hard as them to help them stay healthy. We are delighted to expand Healthfirst product offerings into this market.”

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Healthfirst as they provide another quality insurance option in the NY marketplace and on our private exchange," said Vince Ashton, President & CEO of HealthPass. "Their plans and network greatly strengthen our ability to meet the wide variety of needs of our members.” 

Under the agreement between HealthPass and Healthfirst, 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.

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Globe Newswire: 14:00 GMT Tuesday 19th September 2017

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