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Health Insurer Opens Ridgewood Office

Offers Low-Cost Coverage To Residents

Fidelis Care, a statewide health plan with more than 1 million members, celebrated last Friday, Mar. 21, the grand opening of its Ridgewood community office with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception.

Rev. Patrick Frawley (holding scissors) cuts the ribbon on Fidelis Care’s new Ridgewood office during a ceremony last Friday, Mar. 21. Among those on hand were Assemblyman Mike Miller (to the right of Frawley), Fidelis Care staff members and executives.

Located at 1674 Putnam Ave., the office was established to make free and affordable health insurance coverage easily accessible to neighbors in Queens and Brooklyn.

“This office strengthens our commitment to the community by giving neighbors a location where they can walk in, sit down with a representative, ask questions about health insurance, and enroll,” said Fidelis Chief Marketing Officer Pamela Hassen. Current members can also recertify their coverage.

Based on 2010-2012 Census data, more than 400,000 people who live in Queens are uninsured; more than 350,000 people who live in Brooklyn are uninsured.

“No one should be without health insurance,” Hassen added. “There are new opportunities for affordable coverage through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Also, the income threshold for Medicaid has been expanded, so people who didn’t qualify before 2014 are now finding out they may be eligible.”

Fidelis Care offers a variety of coverage options including Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Medicare Advantage, Managed Long Term Care, and products available through New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace.

Fidelis Care’s Ridgewood Community Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, visit www.fideliscare.org.

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