Healthfirst and Medagate Launch Innovative Flu Shot Program
Card Will Make Flu Shots More Convenient for Members
NEW YORK & REDWOOD CITY, Calif.- Nov 14, 2012 -- Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed care organization that offers low or no-cost health insurance to eligible New Yorkers, and Medagate Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm Holdings, Inc., announced today that Healthfirst will offer Medagate’s innovative flu shot card to Healthfirst Medicare members for the upcoming flu season.
The Healthfirst Flu Shot Card will allow beneficiaries to receive flu shots at hundreds of retail locations around New York without a prescription. Participating retailers include CVS, RiteAid, Walmart and Sam's Club.
“This partnership with Medagate Corporation allows Healthfirst to provide a convenient solution for our members to receive their flu shots,” said Pat Wang, Healthfirst President and CEO. “Seniors are especially comfortable receiving their flu shots outside of the doctor’s office.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the share of seasonal flu shots given at stores jumped from 7 percent in the 2006-07 season to more than 18 percent last fall and winter. The increase was more striking among seniors; roughly one in every four seniors received their flu shot at a store last year.
The Healthfirst Flu Card will include a user-friendly web site with a store lookup and frequently asked questions. Seniors simply present the card at one of hundreds of locations around the New York metropolitan area and receive the shot with no prescription or co-pay.
Established in 1993, Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization that offers low or no-cost health insurance to eligible individuals and families living in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey. It provides a variety of government-sponsored health insurance programs, including New York State's Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid, as well as Medicare Advantage. The Healthfirst family of companies includes Healthfirst in New York, Healthfirst NJ in New Jersey, and Senior Health Partners (SHP), a managed long term care plan serving Medicaid-eligible clients in New York City. For more information, visit the company's websites at www.healthfirst.org and www.healthfirstnj.org.
About Medagate and the OTCNetwork™
The OTCNetwork™ is owned and operated by Medagate and is currently integrated into Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals at over 20,000 retail locations in all 50 states. Medagate partners with leading health plans and state governments to enable Medicare Advantage and State Medicaid programs to provide more efficient access and use of OTC item benefits. OTC Medicare Network™ re-loadable prepaid cards are the first to restrict usage exclusively to OTC Medicare and OTC Medicaid benefits eligible items. For information on OTCNetwork, please visit www.otcnetwork.com. Medagate is a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm Holdings, Inc.
InComm is a leading provider of cutting-edge prepaid products, services and transaction technologies to retailers, brands and consumers. InComm supports more than 255,000 retail locations in building prepaid card destinations, connects brands with new markets and gives consumers a simple, secure shopping experience. InComm stays ahead of emerging trends by analyzing market needs and leveraging its global, innovative commerce platform, go-to-market expertise and extensive partner relationships. With 123 global patents, InComm is headquartered in Atlanta and has offices in North and South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, visit www.incomm.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/incomm.