Long Island Business News - Low-cost insurer Healthfirst opens office in Hempstead
by Claude Solnik
Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed-care organization providing low-cost health insurance, has opened a Hempstead office.
The group, which provides insurance to eligible individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey, already operates sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.
The Hempstead office at 50 Clinton St. is in a building that houses the Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency, HempsteadWorks and New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
Healthfirst President and CEO Pat Wang said the group views it as a “top priority to invest and expand our services in the communities we serve, especially the Hempstead area.
“This office provides residents with personal attention and the opportunity to learn first-hand about Healthfirst’s program offerings,” she said, “in addition to cultivating relationships with neighborhood partners.”
Healthfirst has nearly 30,000 members in Nassau County, more than 23,000 in Suffolk County and about 600,000 in the New York City area.
The group provides a variety of government-sponsored health-insurance programs, including New York State’s Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage.