MetroPlus Health Plan Launches Public Awareness Campaign

Celebrates 500,000th Member Milestone

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#metroplusMetroPlus
Health Plan
announced today a public awareness campaign recognizing
the plan’s 500,000th member, Staten Island resident,
Josephine Barroso. The campaign is an effort to connect New Yorkers in
all five boroughs with the care they need. MetroPlus has seen enrollment
climb as it continues to consolidate its position as a leader in
providing affordable health insurance.

“MetroPlus’ growth is an important component of NYC Health + Hospitals’
transformation plan,” said Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health
+ Hospitals. “I congratulate MetroPlus on reaching this milestone.”

Dr. Arnold Saperstein, President and CEO of the health plan, presented
Ms. Barroso with her member ID card at a special ceremony to mark the
occasion. Ms. Barroso is a single mother who was looking for a more
affordable health care option when she discovered that MetroPlus had
just become available on Staten Island. She decided to explore the new
option and was quickly enrolled as the “half-million member” of

“New Yorkers have long benefitted from the high quality of service
MetroPlus provides. We are grateful that Staten Islanders like Ms.
Barroso are now able to enroll in this affordable plan,” said Dr.
Saperstein. “I take enormous pleasure and pride in welcoming Ms. Barroso
as our half-a-millionth member.”

The public awareness campaign includes videos, social media, digital and
radio advertising. See Ms. Barroso’s story here

“I feel that MetroPlus can offer a lot to Staten Islanders and to all
New Yorkers who may not realize how affordable health insurance can be.
As far as ending up the 500,000th member, well that’s just a great
bonus,” said Ms. Barroso.

Traditionally offering coverage in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and
Queens, MetroPlus added Staten Island to its service area this year for
its Marketplace and Essential Plans. The MetroPlus Essential Health Plan
is the lowest cost health plan online and is available in all five

MetroPlus offers access to an extensive network of participating
physicians, with providers in over 30,000 sites across the City,
including more than 12,000 primary care physicians, specialists,
affiliates of NYC
Health + Hospitals
and community-based providers.

New Yorkers who are employees or retirees of New York City government
agencies plus other local entities such as CUNY and City libraries may
also choose MetroPlus
under their employee benefit package. MetroPlus Gold features
no premiums plus no deductibles and no or low co-pays for most
in-network services.

MetroPlus’ small business plans that include health and dental coverage
are available through the State’s Small
Business Marketplace
. To be eligible, businesses may have no more
than 100 full-time employees and plans cover all employees who work 30
or more hours per week. Businesses can enroll at any time during the

“MetroPlus plans combine low prices and high quality to give New Yorkers
the insurance they need to protect their families,” says Seth Diamond,
Chief Operating Officer of MetroPlus. “We offer plans for every budget
in a large network and with high rates of customer satisfaction.”

To learn more contact MetroPlus at 1-855-809-4073 or visit

About MetroPlus Health Plan

Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing
access to affordable, quality health care to residents of Brooklyn, the
Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Its Marketplace and Essential Plans are now
available to Staten Island residents, as well. A wholly-owned subsidiary
of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system,
MetroPlus is the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers.
In addition to Medicaid Managed Care, MetroPlus offers Child Health
Plus; several Medicare Plans; a Special Needs Plan (SNP) for people with
HIV and their families; a Long-Term Managed Care Plan; MetroPlus Gold, a
plan exclusively for New York City employees; new FIDA and HARP plans,
and almost four dozen NY State of Health Marketplace products. The
company’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists
includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive, and
fluent in more than 70 languages, MetroPlus staff is as diverse as the
great city it serves. Visit us at and join the
conversation at and twitter

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the
nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma
centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, post-acute care
centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a
home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. The health system
provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in
more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce
of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New
Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit
and stay connected:
or Twitter @NYCHealthSystem.


MetroPlus Health Plan
Kathryn Knox Soman, 212-908-8588