SOURCE: HealthPass

November 19, 2013 15:05 ET

HealthPass New York Expands Health Insurance Options for NYC Small Businesses With Addition of Health Republic Insurance of New York

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2013) -  HealthPass New York, an independent, not-for-profit, commercial health insurance exchange for small businesses, today announced that it has expanded the number of health benefit options for their New York small employer clients with the addition of Health Republic Insurance of New York. The partnership with Health Republic, a not-for-profit program and New York's only CO-OP -- Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan -- further expands the number of health insurance carrier choices and plan options available through the HealthPass platform. 

HealthPass will offer four Health Republic plans to eligible employers who employ between two (2) and 50 employees. Employees must reside in either New York State or New Jersey to be eligible to enroll in a Health Republic plan.

Under the agreement, small employers and their employees can begin enrolling in Health Republic plans for coverage that would be effective as early as January 1st, 2014. The four health plan options span across all the metal tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) and provide a variety of choices of benefit coverage and access to over 70,000 participating providers. An added advantage of Health Republic is the provision of wellness navigators to help employees make the most of their benefits and find community resources. Members will also have access to more than 40 types of alternative care and fitness providers and will receive significant discounts on their services. 

"The addition of Health Republic to our menu of health insurance options comes at an ideal time for thousands of small New York City business searching for affordable, quality health insurance for their employees," said Vincent Ashton, President and CEO of HealthPass New York. "Our partnership with Health Republic demonstrates the commitment that both organizations have to helping employers find cost-effective healthcare solutions for their employees. We are pleased to make Health Republic insurance plans available to our clients."

"HealthPass has a long-standing commitment to providing small businesses with access to affordable health insurance coverage for employees and families. We recognize the importance of giving New York City's small employers choice and are very pleased to be included in their menu of health insurance options," said William Friedman, Vice President of Broker Relations at Health Republic Insurance of New York.

For more information about the Health Republic health insurance options offered through HealthPass New York, visit www.healthpassny.com.

About HealthPass New York

HealthPass New York is an independent, not-for-profit, commercial health insurance exchange offering small businesses and sole proprietors in the New York metropolitan area quality, affordable, and flexible healthcare coverage. Since 1999, the HealthPass model has empowered employees to individually choose their benefits based upon their unique needs and budgets. Employees select from a menu of options through four leading carriers, with choices including medical, dental, vision and life & disability coverage. Employers benefit from the extensive support provided by the HealthPass team including COBRA Administration, member-claims advocacy, a streamlined administrative process and world-class customer service. HealthPass serves small businesses in the 14 downstate counties of New York. For more information, please visit www.healthpassny.com.

About Health Republic
Health Republic Insurance of New York is a true not-for-profit program and New York's only CO-OP -- Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan. CO-OPs are private, member-governed health insurance companies forming across the country as part of the Affordable Care Act. Health Republic Insurance of New York is one of 23 CO-OPs nationally. For more information, please visit newyork.healthrepublic.us.

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