North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company to Begin Selling New Health Plans Oct. 1
October 1, 2013
GREAT NECK, NY – On Tuesday, October 1, North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc. will begin enrolling individuals, families, and small and large businesses on Long Island, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in a range of commercial insurance plans. The new insurance plans can be accessed online through the health exchange, the New York State of Health, or through agents/brokers, or can be purchased directly from the company.
The first fully integrated provider-owned Article 42 insurance company in New York, North Shore-LIJ CareConnect allows individuals and employers to tap into the state’s largest integrated health care system. North Shore-LIJ CareConnect insurance plans offer access to a wide range of programs and services across the metropolitan area. Members will have direct access to:
- inpatient and emergency care at 16 hospitals in Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan,
- post-acute care services, such as home care and rehabilitation; and
- thousands of participating providers, including all North Shore-LIJ employed physicians and many affiliated community physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other caregivers throughout the New York area.
“North Shore-LIJ CareConnect has a unique opportunity to turn the complex world of healthcare into something simple,” said Alan J. Murray, president of North Shore-LIJ CareConnect. “It allows us to become more closely connected with our customers, helping them find the insurance plan best suited to their individual and family needs while delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible care.”
Through this one-stop approach, North Shore-LIJ CareConnect can do everything from assisting customers with claims and questions to offering medical appointments and appropriate wellness programs to assist the member in best managing his or her health conditions. If members have a medical question, they can call us for a quick solution –we will connect them immediately to a nurse or doctor for advice.
North Shore-LIJ CareConnect premiums for individuals range from $180.53 a month for catastrophic coverage to $568.13 per month for the platinum plan -- the highest level of coverage. The other three plans are bronze, silver and gold. Deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and out-of-pocket expenses vary depending on the plan. Members will be able to fill prescriptions at any CVS/Caremark location. Insurance coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2014.
“Integrated organizations like North Shore-LIJ are moving forward with a new reimbursement model that aligns incentives, providers, payers and consumers around quality, access and affordability,” said Howard Gold, executive vice president and chief managed care business development officer at North Shore-LIJ. ”This transformation is just one component of the way North Shore-LIJ is making changes in the delivery of care designed to keep people healthy and provide them with the best and most appropriate care.”
About North Shore-LIJ CareConnect
North Shore-LIJ CareConnect is in the business of making it easy for people to get and stay healthy. That means our business isn’t just business—it’s personal. After all, health care isn’t like any other product. People come to North Shore-LIJ because they’re worried, maybe even scared, about their own well-being or a possible problem facing a loved one. North Shore-LIJ CareConnect’s message to them: You worry about getting better. Let the North Shore-LIJ family worry about everything else. That means every form we file, every piece of technology we buy, every call center procedure we put in place must reduce our members’ stress and smooth their way to the high-quality care they need.
At North Shore-LIJ CareConnect, we know that people will count on us at some of the happiest and some of the most difficult times of their lives. We will always be there for them, and we will stay connected. Our service comes from the heart, because we care. Our customers entrust us with their most precious possession: their well-being. It is our honor and our passion to serve them.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's 14th-largest healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.
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