Healthfirst Opens its First Community Office in Westchester County
Nov 20, 2019
New Yonkers Location Signifies Continued Growth and Expansion and Opportunity to Offer Access to Quality, Affordable Healthcare to Even More New Yorkers
Yonkers, NY, November 20, 2019 – Healthfirst, New York’s largest not-for-profit health insurance companyi with more than 1.4 million members, is excited to announce the opening of its first community office location in Westchester County at 13 Main Street in Yonkers, NY. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Healthfirst has gained more than 3,000 members in Westchester since first entering the county in late 2018 and is currently the fastest growing Medicaid plan in Westchester.ii Opening this new location is important to Healthfirst’s continued growth and its promise of delivering high-quality, culturally competent customer service to its members. The office is staffed with Healthfirst representatives fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, and African dialects who will answer questions and help enroll those interested in obtaining Healthfirst health insurance coverage. The Yonkers location is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 9am–5:30pm.
“As a hyper local, community based plan, we are excited to be putting down roots in the Westchester community and help with the growing health needs of the area,” said Errol Pierre, Healthfirst’s Senior Vice President, State Programs. “With the opening of this location, we now have 23 community offices across the New York Metropolitan area, including the New York City boroughs and on Long Island. Each of these sites are special places that gives us the opportunity to put the care back in healthcare. We aspire to be an integral part of the neighborhoods we serve while having a positive impact on health. We look forward to cultivating new relationships and becoming more involved in the community by offering health and wellness services, education, and participating in local events and activities.”
Local political and community leaders who attended the grand opening included:
- Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator
- Mike Spano, Mayor of Yonkers
- William Scesney, AVP Network & Business Development, Montefiore Health System
- Shanae Williams, Yonkers City Council Member
- Michael Sabatini, Yonkers City Council Majority Leader
- Jaime Martinez, Executive Director, Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID
Healthfirst currently offers the following health plans in Westchester County:
- Medicaid Managed Care
- Medicare Advantage Plan
- Child Health Plus
- Individual & Family Qualified Health Plans
- Managed Long Term Care
- Essential Plans
- Personal Wellness Plan (HARP)
The office opening also coincides with the Medicare annual election period—currently underway and running until December 7— and with Open Enrollment for individual market plans, which ends on January 31st.
i Based on reported revenue for calendar year 2018.
ii Competitive and Internal membership varies due to Unborns, Retro disenrollment from Maximus L file or Cap file; MCR-EGHP plan is excluded but ISNP plan is included.