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More New York City Employees Choose MetroPlusHealth Gold Health Plan

MetroPlus Gold membership grows 45% in one year; Total membership tripled since 2016

April is Open Enrollment for NYC Employees

MetroPlus, NYC's Public Option, is the low-cost, high-quality health insurance component of NYC's Guaranteed Health Care plan to ensure coverage for all New Yorkers

Apr 24, 2019

New York NY

MetroPlusHealth Health Plan today announced a 45 percent jump in membership in MetroPlusHealth Gold, the special insurance option exclusively for New York City employees and eligible dependents, between January 2018 and January 2019. More than 16,200 City employees and government retirees chose MetroPlusHealth as their preferred health plan by the end of 2018, compared to 11,320 at the end of 2017. The MetroPlusHealth Gold option, which offers $0 premium, $0 copays, $0 deductibles, has tripled membership to 16,325 as of March 2019. City employees have the opportunity to choose MetroPlusHealth during the special April Open Enrollment period,which ends April 30. City workers interested in enrolling can contact the benefits manager where they work for more information or call MetroPlusHealth Gold member services at 1-877-475-3795, Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm.

MetroPlusHealth also announced the launch of a promotional campaign on print, radio, social media, digital marketing, and TV to increase awareness about the many benefits and special features of their health insurance option. The push to enroll City employees and their eligible dependents in MetroPlusHealth Gold plan is one more way in which MetroPlusHealth is strategically supporting New York City’s commitment to guarantee health care to all New Yorkers. The five-star health plan is the health insurance plan of the NYC Health + Hospitals and growing its membership is part of the public health system’s comprehensive, multi-year redesign to build a competitive, sustainable organization that will continue to offer high-quality and accessible health care to the people of New York City.

“By choosing MetroPlusHealth, New York City police officers, social service workers, university professors and thousands of other government employees are not only making a choice for quality care for themselves and their families, they are also supporting our public health system’s mission to care for all without exception and our ability to succeed and be able to serve many more generations of New Yorkers,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals.

“We’ve had a resounding response from city government employees across the city and we are proud to be the plan of choice for more than 2,600 NYPD employees and more than 1,600 Department of Education employees. We are partnering with dozens of city agencies during this Open Enrollment period, and year-round, to offer our quality health plan to many more of their employees as well as the New Yorkers who receive their services.” said Roger Milliner, Chief Growth Officer of MetroPlusHealth.

Originally offered to NYC Health + Hospitals employees and dependents only, MetroPlusHealth Gold was made available to all New York City employees and other government employees in January 2016. With more than 31,000 provider sites across New York City, MetroPlusHealth Gold features a comprehensive benefit package. A low-cost prescription drug rider is also available, along with enhanced member extras, including wellness programs and gym reimbursements.

MetroPlusHealth offers eligible New Yorkers a wide selection of health insurance options, with affordable fees and copays based on income and family size. The most popular plans include:

  • Medicaid – low or no cost plan for low income children and adults up to 64 yrs old
  • Medicare – low or no cost plan for adults 64 yrs old+
  • Child Health Plus – low or no cost plan for children under 19 regardless of immigration status
  • Essential Plan – for adults 19-64 yrs old not eligible for Medicaid, offering monthly premiums of $0 – $20 based on income
  • Qualified Health Plan – for eligible New York City residents, offering cost share reductions that lower out of pocket costs
  • Partnership in Care (HIV Special Needs Plan) – for children and adults who are New York City, Medicaid-eligible residents living with HIV/Aids
  • MetroPlusHealth Gold – for New York City employees and their families, with no premiums, no copays, no deductibles.

MetroPlusHealth also offers special membership benefits that include:

  • Gym Reimbursement – members of select plans and their spouses can save up to $1,000 in gym fees every year
  • Member Rewards program – members can earn points for completing health and wellness activities and redeem them for hundreds of popular items from our catalogue
  • Annual Wellness Visits – annual exam that helps members and their providers collaborate on a personalized plan of care.

MetroPlusHealth earned an overall rating of five stars, the highest possible score, in the New York State Department of Health’s recently released “2018 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in New York City.” The State’s guide is an annual rating of managed care plans on quality of care delivered and members’ satisfaction with the care and services they receive. MetroPlusHealth is one of only two plans serving New York City to achieve the highest state rating this year.