Long Island Insurer Adds Westchester Doctors, Hospitals
The Journal News
October 9, 2014
A Long Island health system continued its push into the Lower Hudson Valley by adding hundreds of Westchester physicians and four hospitals to its network insurance plan.
The plan, CareConnect, is run by North Shore-LIJ, and it will be one of eight insurers available in 2015 to Westchester residents on the state health exchange.
Westchester residents who pick the plan will be able to use Mount Kisco Medical Group and its 334 doctors.
"We are giving our patients more choices," said Dr. Scott Hayworth, head of Mount Kisco Medical, one of the largest groups in Westchester. "Choice is good for the consumer."
The group participated in two Obamacare plans in 2014, Fidelis and Health Republic. No final decisions have been made yet about plans for 2015 but Hayworth said the group would participate in more than one.
North Shore is in talks to become the parent organization of both Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow and Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Those two hospitals will be in-network in their health plan.
The Long Island system has also announced a deal with Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to allow people who chose its insurance plan to use doctors and hospitals in the Montefiore system.
The Bronx healthcare system operates hospitals in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle. It is also the parent organization of White Plains Hospital and is in talks with Nyack Hospital.
CareConnect customers will be able to use the Mount Vernon and New Rochelle hospitals but White Plains and Nyack hospitals are not yet part of the plan, spokeswoman Lisa Davies said.
CareConnect will not be available in Putnam or Rockland counties on the state health exchange in 2015.
The plan was new in 2014. It captured about one percent of the one million people statewide who bought insurance through the New York health exchange, the cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Most of its 2014 customers are on Long Island, including 2,357 in Nassau and 1,494 in Suffolk counties.