(New York, NY – July 22, 2016)

MetroPlus Health Plan announced today a public awareness campaign recognizing the plan’s 500,000th member, Staten Island resident, Josephine Barroso. The campaign is an effort to connect New Yorkers in all five boroughs with the care they need. MetroPlus has seen enrollment climb as it continues to consolidate its position as a leader in providing affordable health insurance.

“MetroPlus’ growth is an important component of NYC Health + Hospitals’ transformation plan,” said Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “I congratulate MetroPlus on reaching this milestone.”

Dr. Arnold Saperstein, President and CEO of the health plan, presented Ms. Barroso with her member ID card at a special ceremony to mark the occasion. Ms. Barroso is a single mother who was looking for a more affordable health care option when she discovered that MetroPlus had just become available on Staten Island. She decided to explore the new option and was quickly enrolled as the “half-million member” of MetroPlus.

“New Yorkers have long benefitted from the high quality of service MetroPlus provides. We are grateful that Staten Islanders like Ms. Barroso are now able to enroll in this affordable plan,” said Dr. Saperstein. “I take enormous pleasure and pride in welcoming Ms. Barroso as our half-a-millionth member.”

The public awareness campaign includes videos, social media, digital and radio advertising. See Ms. Barroso’s story here.

“I feel that MetroPlus can offer a lot to Staten Islanders and to all New Yorkers who may not realize how affordable health insurance can be. As far as ending up the 500,000th member, well that’s just a great bonus,” said Ms. Barroso.

Traditionally offering coverage in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, MetroPlus added Staten Island to its service area this year for its Marketplace and Essential Plans. The MetroPlus Essential Health Plan is the lowest cost health plan online and is available in all five boroughs.

MetroPlus offers access to an extensive network of participating physicians, with providers in over 30,000 sites across the City, including more than 12,000 primary care physicians, specialists, affiliates of NYC Health + Hospitals and community-based providers.

New Yorkers who are employees or retirees of New York City government agencies plus other local entities such as CUNY and City libraries may also choose MetroPlus Gold under their employee benefit package. MetroPlus Gold features no premiums plus no deductibles and no or low co-pays for most in-network services.

MetroPlus’ small business plans that include health and dental coverage are available through the State’s Small Business Marketplace. To be eligible, businesses may have no more than 100 full-time employees and plans cover all employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Businesses can enroll at any time during the year.

“MetroPlus plans combine low prices and high quality to give New Yorkers the insurance they need to protect their families,” says Seth Diamond, Chief Operating Officer of MetroPlus. “We offer plans for every budget in a large network and with high rates of customer satisfaction.” To learn more contact MetroPlus at 1-855-809-4073 or visit and

About MetroPlus Health Plan

Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to residents of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. Its Marketplace and Essential Plans are now available to Staten Island residents, as well. A wholly-owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system, MetroPlus is the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. In addition to Medicaid Managed Care, MetroPlus offers Child Health Plus; several Medicare Plans; a Special Needs Plan (SNP) for people with HIV and their families; a Long-Term Managed Care Plan; MetroPlus Gold, a plan exclusively for New York City employees; new FIDA and HARP plans, and almost four dozen NY State of Health Marketplace products. The company’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive, and fluent in more than 70 languages, MetroPlus staff is as diverse as the great city it serves. Visit us at and join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, postacute care centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. The health system provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit and stay connected: Facebook or Twitter.


MetroPlus Health Plan’s 500,000th member (left), Staten Islander Josephine Barroso, with MetroPlus President and CEO Dr. Arnold Saperstein at an event celebrating the Health Plan reaching half a million members.