Press Release

CareConnect Announces Affiliation with Westchester Health Associates

Pairing Will Add 130 Physicians to the Insurer’s Rapidly Expanding Network in New York City’s Northern Suburbs

Lisa Davis, 516-405-7549,

November 17, 2015 - 2:43 pm

East Hills, NY (November 17, 2015) – 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).

“Westchester Health Associates is a pre-eminent group of physicians who deliver care of the highest quality to their patients. Bringing them into CareConnect’s growing network in Westchester is an important development for us,” said CareConnect CEO Alan Murray. “This is another demonstration of our commitment to serving the needs of all residents of the county.”

Today’s announcement, which adds 130 physicians at 39 locations to CareConnect’s network, marks the latest in a series of network expansions for CareConnect, which over the past year has grown its network in every market it serves, including New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester.

“We welcome this relationship because we know that CareConnect is dedicated to maintaining affordability for its members while working collaboratively with its physicians to achieve best practices with the best outcomes—values we share,” said Westchester Health Associates President and CEO Peter Mercurio, MD. “Working with insurers like CareConnect is a priority as we seek to ensure that our patients have quality affordable insurance options available to them during the open enrollment period for coverage in 2016 and well beyond.”

CareConnect’s collaboration with Westchester Health Associates further strengthens the company’s growing network offerings for members throughout downstate New York. The announcement follows on this fall’s addition of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation to its network, as well as this past summer’s expansion through the addition of White Plains Hospital, in Westchester County. Since fall, 2014, CareConnect has expanded its provider network in Westchester to include Montefiore Health System, in Bronx and Westchester counties; WESTMED Medical Group in Westchester county; Mount Kisco Medical Group, in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties; Northern Westchester Hospital, in Mount Kisco; and Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, in Sleepy Hollow.

About North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc.|
The first provider-owned commercial insurer in New York State, CareConnect was created by North Shore-LIJ Health System (which is changing its name in January to Northwell Health) to make it easy for people to get and stay healthy. Its innovative model is designed to provide access to care that is both excellent and affordable. CareConnect was founded in 2013 and offers a variety of plans for individuals, families and businesses. It is headquartered in East Hills, New York. For more information, visit

About Westchester Health Associates
With 39 offices throughout Westchester County and Stamford, CT, Westchester Health Associates is a full-service medical group with a large primary care practice, as well as specialists in: allergy/immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology and obstetrics, hand surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, pediatrics, physical therapy, plastic surgery, podiatry, sports medicine and urology.

Lisa Davis