MEDFORD, Mass.--()--Network Health, a nonprofit Massachusetts health plan that provides access to high-quality, comprehensive health care coverage for nearly 215,000 Massachusetts residents with low and moderate incomes, today announced that it is entering the commercial health insurance market by offering six new Network Health Choice plans through the Massachusetts Health Connector (Health Connector), the state’s independent health insurance online marketplace and directly through the health plan’s own website. Plans will also be available for selection through the Health Services Administrators marketplace.
“At Network Health, we are committed to providing access to affordable, comprehensive health care and are consistently recognized as a top-rated plan nationally for our high-quality standards and innovative programs”
Network Health Choice plans will be a new addition to the Health Connector’s Commonwealth Choice program. Through Commonwealth Choice, individuals, families, and small groups can compare plans available from the state’s major insurers and enroll online. The Health Connector helps residents find affordable, quality health plans, all of which have received the state’s Seal of Approval.
“At Network Health, we are committed to providing access to affordable, comprehensive health care and are consistently recognized as a top-rated plan nationally for our high-quality standards and innovative programs,” said Christina Severin, Network Health president. “We are thrilled to begin offering coverage to an even larger percentage of Massachusetts residents, both individually and through the business community, and in doing so, expanding on our mission to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve.”
Network Health will offer six options within Network Health Choice: Gold, Silver Edge, Silver Complete, Bronze Edge, Bronze Select, and Bronze Complete. These plans allow members to choose a price and plan design that best suits their needs based on desired premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and out-of-pocket expenses. Providers and included services are the same for all six Network Health Choice plans.
With Network Health Choice, all members will have access to services from a large and growing network of primary care providers and specialists; doctors and a customer service team who speak many languages; and in-house medical, mental health, and pharmacy professionals who work together to coordinate care. Plans include help with nonmedical needs and resources. For managing care around the clock, members have access to a user-friendly website, Network Health Member Connect, and free health support by phone through NurseLine.
Network Health Choice is available starting January 1, 2013, for newly eligible individuals, with coverage taking effect March 1, 2013. Existing Commonwealth Choice members not enrolled as part of a group can select Network Health Choice during the next open enrollment period, which begins July 1, 2013.
About Network Health
Since 1997, Network Health has provided access to high-quality health care for Massachusetts residents with low and moderate incomes. Network Health is a nonprofit, comprehensive health plan serving members through Network Health Together® (MassHealth), Network Health Forward® (Commonwealth Care), Network Health Extend™ (Medical Security Program), and Network Health Choice (an individual/small-group plan).
To improve the health and well-being of its nearly 215,000 members and their diverse communities, Network Health offers fully integrated, in-house care management, providing a team of medical, behavioral health, social care, and pharmacy professionals who coordinate member care. Network Health partners with more than 20,000 primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, and community organizations statewide.
Network Health earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) “Excellent” Health Plan Accreditation status, NCQA’s highest accreditation rating, for its Network Health Together plan. In 2012, NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings ranked Network Health as the third highest Medicaid Health Plan in the United States. Since 2010, Network Health has ranked among the top 10 Medicaid health plans nationally, according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings — Medicaid. Network Health is among 10 health plans nationally and the first health plan in New England to earn the NCQA Multicultural Health Care Distinction. Additionally, Network Health is nationally recognized for its innovative programs; it won the Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award for “Best Integrated Case Management Team” in 2012 and “Best Overall Case/Care Management Program” in 2010. Network Health is also recognized for its top leadership team among health plans nationwide by HealthLeaders Media.
Network Health became an affiliate of Tufts Health Plan in 2011. Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage to its more than 999,000 members. For 2012 – 2013, its HMO and POS programs are ranked second in the nation according to NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings — Private, and its Medicare Preferred HMO received a 4.5 star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2013. With headquarters in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode Island. For more information visit www.tuftshealthplan.com.
To learn about health plan options, Massachusetts residents can call the Health Connector at 877-636-4654 (TTY: 877-623-7773), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.mahealthconnector.org; call MassHealth at 800-841-2900 (TTY: 800-497-4648), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.mass.gov/masshealth; or call the Medical Security Program at 800-908-8801, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit www.mass.gov/dua/msp.