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Lisa Davis
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Office: 516-405-7549
Cell: 516-815-6412

News Releases

September 29, 2017

CareConnect to end sales and renewal of policies

Approximately a month after giving notice that it plans to withdraw from New York State’s insurance market over the next year, Northwell Health announced today that, as part of an orderly wind-down of its insurance arm, CareConnect Insurance Company will not write or renew individual policies for calendar year 2018.  Additionally, CareConnect will stop writing and renewing group policies as of November 30, 2017.  CareConnect will honor all existing health insurance policies throughout their remaining terms, including group policies that continue into 2018.  Northwell Health will stand behind all medically necessary claims for covered services incurred during that time.

August 24, 2017

While preserving its population health commitment, Northwell to withdraw CareConnect from NYS insurance market

While it remains committed to fortifying its population health capabilities to promote health and wellness, and ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, Northwell announced today it is winding down CareConnect and withdrawing from New York State’s insurance market over the next year.

June 1, 2017

CareConnect Continues to Focus on Affordability as Circumstances Force Rate Request Hikes

CareConnect’s significant rate hike requests for small-group plans in 2018 are driven in large part by the federal small-group risk adjustment program, a flawed policy that was designed to protect the stability of the health insurance market and encourage competition but is having the opposite effect. CareConnect’s request for rate increases for its individual plans reflect the fact that this market has a greater need for medical care than originally anticipated.

March 30, 2017

Northwell Health’s Alan Murray, Paul Wright, MD, Each Receive Prestigious Scottish Variety Award

Alan Murray, president and CEO of CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc., along with Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, were recognized for their professional accomplishments in the health care industry in the category of international achievement.

March 2, 2017

CareConnect Named Among 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review

CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc., the first provider-owned commercial health insurance company in New York State, is pleased to announce that it has been named one of 2017’s "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list recognizes organizations committed to fulfilling missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees.

August 31, 2016

CMS' Risk-Adjustment Costs CareConnect an Estimated $53M in First Half of 2016

Northwell Health President & CEO Michael Dowling and CareConnect President & CEO Alan Murray today issued the following statement regarding Northwell’s six-month financial report, which reflects concerns about the long-term financial sustainability of CareConnect if the federal government does not modify the Affordable Care Act’s risk-adjustment program governing insurers writing individual and small-group health policies.

August 5, 2016

CareConnect Reaffirms Commitment to Highly Competitive Rates Despite Government-Mandated Increase

New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS), the final arbiter of health insurance premiums in the Empire State, today approved a 23 percent increase for CareConnect in the small-group market, significantly more than the 17 percent requested by the rapidly growing insurance provider.

February 24, 2016

CareConnect Membership More Than Triples During 2015-2016 Open Enrollment Season

Registering its strongest and most rapid growth to date, CareConnect, the first provider-owned commercial health plan in New York State, announced today a 244 percent increase in membership during the 2015-2016 open enrollment season, bringing the number of enrolled members from 26,567 to more than 91,000 as of January 31. This includes 88,277 effectuated members—that is, members who have paid their first premium.

November 17, 2015

CareConnect Announces Affiliation with Westchester Health Associates

CareConnect announced today that it has joined with Westchester Health Associates to further expand its growing network of physicians and provider locations in Westchester County. The arrangement follows on a letter of intent signed in September between Westchester Health Associates and the North Shore-LIJ Health System that will bring the physician group into the North Shore-LIJ Clinical Integration Network IPA (CIIPA).

November 5, 2015

Freelancers Union Partners with CareConnect to Bring Affordable Health Insurance Options to One-in-Three New Yorkers Freelancing Today

Gig Workers Can Now Better Navigate Maze of Options During Open Enrollment with Carefully Curated Plans on Freelancers Union’s National Benefits Platform

October 2, 2015

CareConnect Expands Network Offerings in Manhattan and Surrounding Boroughs

CareConnect announced that it has joined with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to further expand its growing network of hospitals and physicians in New York City.

June 1, 2015

CareConnect Extends Reach Into Suffolk County

CareConnect has reached an agreement with Peconic Bay Medical Center, further extending its reach into Suffolk County.

April 13, 2015

CareConnect Dispatches Multilingual Teams to Assist With Enrollment

CareConnect teams at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and three locations affiliated with Forest Hills Hospital in Queens will be able to offer guidance in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujianese, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, helping New Yorkers enroll in a qualified health insurance plan before the end of the state’s special enrollment period on April 30.

October 7, 2014

CareConnect Expands Reach to All of NYC and Westchester

CareConnect has joined with six of New York’s top health care providers to expand its customer service model of health insurance to include all five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County, in addition to Nassau and Suffolk counties.

September 15, 2014

CareConnect Adds National Provider of Walk-In Care to Network

CareConnect has added CVS MinuteClinic to its network. Members can use their insurance for most services at more than 900 clinics inside select CVS drugstores in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

September 30, 2013

CareConnect to Begin Selling Health Insurance

CareConnect will begin selling health insurance Oct. 1 to individuals, families, and small and large businesses in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island) and New York (Manhattan) counties.

July 30, 2013

North Shore-LIJ Wins Approval to Offer Commercial Health Insurance

The state of New York has approved an insurance license for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, making it the first health care provider in the state that can sell commercial health insurance to individuals, families and employers.