Events are planned throughout November to honor city employees and showcase MetroPlusHealth’s low-cost referral plan
NEW YORK, November 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — MetroPlusHealth, New York City high-quality and affordable health plan, today announced the start of the open enrollment period for its Gold health plan, exclusively for all New York City (NYC), non-Medicare-eligible retirees, their spouses or qualified domestic partners, and eligible dependents. The Gold Plan offers comprehensive benefits with a $0 salary bonus with the basic scheme, $0 franchises, and $0 coinsurance. All NYC employees and eligible retirees can enroll in the Gold Plan during the open enrollment period, ending November 30e.
According to a recent SHRM study1, 88% of US employees surveyed ranked health care as the most important benefit to them. “Now more than ever, health care is at the forefront of every New Yorker’s mind. Our city is dealing with the consequences of the pandemic and challenges include worsening conditions due to delayed treatments, rising costs and in the long run COVID,” says dr. Talya SchwartzPresident and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “Access to quality, affordable, and comprehensive care is part of our ongoing efforts to meet the demands of our ever-changing city and provide a benchmark standard of care for the employees who keep our city running.”
MetroPlusHealth’s extensive network of 34,000 physicians and offices across five boroughs provides members with a variety of care and coverage options for their unique needs. Through a single point of entry, the MetroPlusHealth Gold Plan provides high-quality benefits and care management at no cost to the employee, including but not limited to:
- $0 employee bonus with basic plan
- $0 franchises
- $0 coinsurance
- $0 dietitian visits for members eligible to receive free nutritional counseling with 26 visits with an expert dietitian per year
- FREE 24/7 virtual access to doctors and therapists
- An optional low-cost prescription drug rider is available
- Fitness reimbursements – up to $1000 per year!
- Refund up to $300 per year for participation in a weight loss program
MetroPlusHealth is also the first commercial insurer to offer free dietitian visits in the country. The expanded offer would allow City workers and family members eligible for the Plan to receive free nutritional counseling with 26 visits with an expert dietitian per year. The program is currently available to Gold members with medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol, and with this expansion, nearly 20,000 current members will be eligible. The benefit also covers dietitian services as a preventive measure: healthier eating reduces the incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Nutrition isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, so a personalized plan with advice from an expert dietitian is essential.
“Municipal workers are the lifeblood of our great city, and as MetroPlusHealth continues to grow, we’re so proud to offer a plan option that’s customizable, affordable, and reflects what the hard workers of New York need in a health care plan. In particular, the Gold Plan for City Workers understands that health care goes beyond annual visits with mental and nutritional care, which can improve the quality of life for the diverse and inspiring people who work and live in New York “, said Roger Millinerdirector of growth.
MetroPlusHealth will kick off Open Enrollment Month with a “Gold” celebration with NYC Health + Hospitals employees at their headquarters at 50 Water Street in the lower manhattan on Thursday November 10. Throughout November, MetroPlusHealth will host the following events to celebrate City employees and their families.
Upcoming Gold Experiences:
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst – Thursday, November 3, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals/wooden shell – Monday, November 7, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals / South Brooklyn Health – Wednesday, November 9, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals / Metropolitan – Tuesday, November 15, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln – Friday, November 18, 2022
- NYC/Gotham/Belvis Health Hospitals – Monday, November 21, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham/Governor – Tuesday, November 22, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham/Morrisana – Wednesday, November 23, 2022
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham/Eastern New York – Monday, November 28, 2022
Those who enroll during this period will be covered by the MetroPlusHealth Gold plan from January 1st2023. For those interested in MetroPlusHealth Gold, please call 1-855-809-4073or visit us at virtual office to find a representative. To learn more about MetroPlusHealth and its initiatives, visit www.metroplus.org/or.
Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth helped people from New York City obtain quality health care at little or no cost. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for more than 689,500 New Yorkers, and its commercial and government-sponsored plans meet the needs of individuals, families and workforce. The MetroPlusHealth staff speak over 40 languages and are as diverse as the big city they serve. MetroPlusHealth is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system. For more information, visit metroplus.org. Join the conversation on social media at @metroplushealth.
1 Company of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Benefitsinvestigationof 3,129 American adults from January 11 to February 28, 2022.