HealthPass Adds Oscar
HealthPass New York will start offering OSCAR Health Plans effective Sept 1, 2017 to small employers. Oscar will offer eight plans with varying benefits package with 1 to 100 employees. The plans are available to small businesses located in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties. NJ residents can also access Hospitals & physicians through the NJ Qualcare PPO Network
HealthPass New York, a private insurance exchange for small employers. The addition of Oscar gives small businesses access to 3 health networks – Oxford, CareConnect and Oscar. Also, Guardian is the insurer of record for the ancillary benefits comprising dental, vision, life insurance, disability and accident insurance
Oscar entered the NY market on Jan 1, 2014 and had around 16,000 members. In 2015, it expanded coverage to New Jersey and grew to about 40,000 members. In 2016, Oscar had 145,000 members in New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas. Oscar’s cutting edge technology and pioneering benefits have simplified the consumer health insurance experience propelled easier access and understanding of health plans. Examples of success have been ease of physician locator, online appointment setting and no cost telemedicine 24/7. Additionally, some plans have $0 Copay generics and annual 3 free office visits
Why a Private Exchange? The advantage of a Private Exchange is the ability to empower employees with choice. Much like a 401K your employees can use a defined contribution allocation for benefits. As affordable health plan networks are increasingly smaller with specific coverage areas the one size show for all approach to benefits no longer works.
Is a Private Exchange Right For My Group?
If you’re a small business owner who has concerns about payroll, filing paperwork, and complying with government regulations, co-employment may be the service you’ve been looking for. In some cases, a Private Exchange may NOT be right for you. With Health Care Reform your company may qualify for a small business tax credit or a be eligible for a large group discount under a PEO.