Independent Health offering the Essential Plan in 2016

Independent Health is pleased to have been approved by the State of New York to administer a new plan beginning January 1, 2016, named the Essential Plan.

The Essential Plan is a new program for eligible New Yorkers enrolling in coverage through the NY State of Health online marketplace (NYSOH) and will help fill the gaps created by the discontinuance of Family Health Plus and certain Medicaid plans.

Essential Plan is part of Independent Health’s portfolio of Government Funded Programs, so the same reimbursement rates will apply.

Independent Health will offer four versions of the Essential Plan in Erie and Niagara Counties. Eligibility for each plan varies, depending on state and federal guidelines, including income.

The plan covers all of the essential health benefits provided under the Qualified Health Plans offered on the Marketplace, including inpatient and outpatient care, physician services, diagnostic services and prescription drugs, with no annual deductible and low out-of-pocket costs. Preventive care such as routine office visits and recommended screenings are free.

To learn more about the Independent Health Essential Plans, visit our 2016 Products webpage.