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Fidelis Care Receives Approval to Serve Residents of Jefferson County

Health Plan Now Offers Coverage in All Counties of New York State

WATERTOWN, NY--(Marketwired - September 04, 2014) - Fidelis Care, a Statewide health plan with more than one million members, announces approval from the New York State Department of Health to offer quality, affordable health insurance coverage to residents of Jefferson County through the State's Child Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care programs.

"As a mission-based health plan, Fidelis Care has always been committed to reaching those who are uninsured and to providing the highest quality care and service," said President and CEO Rev. Patrick J. Frawley. "Now, with a presence in all 62 counties of the State, Fidelis Care has achieved a significant milestone, and we look forward to being a strong and responsive health care partner for our newest members and providers."

Fidelis Care has a strong provider network in Jefferson County, including the doctors and services offered by the Jefferson Physician Organization, LLC as well as Samaritan Health. Members also have access to Fidelis Care's network of more than 64,000 primary care physicians and specialists Statewide.

Based on 2010 to 2012 Census data, more than 10,000 Jefferson County residents are uninsured. Fidelis Care works closely with providers, local community organizations and leaders, schools, and faith-based entities to reach residents who need health insurance. Upon request, representatives are able to meet with residents at their homes or convenient locations in the community to help them apply for enrollment or renew their coverage.

Eligible residents may apply for coverage through Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus year round. Benefits are comprehensive. Almost every child under age 19 in New York is eligible for coverage through Child Health Plus. There may be a modest premium, depending on household income.

Fidelis Care's regional offices are located in Syracuse, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City, with satellite offices in Rochester, Suffern, and Poughkeepsie. For more information or to meet with a representative in Jefferson County, contact Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

About Fidelis Care:

As the New York State Catholic Health Plan, Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With more than one million members Statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

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