MetroPlusHealth expands free access to dietitians to city workers and their families under the Gold plan

MetroPlusHealth dietitian benefit package is among the most generous in the country
New Continuum of Care Expansion Will Provide City Workers with Support for Healthy Lifestyle Changes

NEW YORK, August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With the costs of healthy foods and diet-related illnesses on the rise in the city, Subway PlusHealth, from new york city affordable, high-quality health plan, today announced its $0 expansion of dietitian benefits for City workers enrolled in its Gold Plan. MetroPlusHealth is the first commercial insurance provider to offer free dietitian visits in the country. The expanded offering would allow City workers and Plan-eligible family members to receive free nutritional counseling with 26 visits with an expert dietitian per year. The program is currently available to Gold members with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol. With this expansion, nearly 20,000 current members will be eligible. The benefit also covers dietitian services as prevention: healthier diets reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so a personalized plan with the advice of an expert dietitian is essential.

“Healthy food is medicine that all New Yorkers should have access to,” he said. New York Mayor eric adams. “Advice from an expert dietitian can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of New Yorkers. Changing my diet has helped transform my life, putting my type 2 diabetes into remission. Everyone, especially people living with chronic conditions related to diet, they should be able to meet with a dietitian to learn how they can take charge of their health I am proud that City employees and their families at MetroPlusHealth The Gold plan will now have access to dietitian visits at no cost to help lead a healthier life.”

“We are excited to offer this expanded benefit to New York workers,” said dr. Talia SchwartzPresident and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “We know that poor diet and unhealthy weight were challenges even before the pandemic, and vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus has increased. New Yorkers want change, and change takes time. We recognize that with care, coaching and mentoring ongoing, New Yorkers can access and maintain the healthy lifestyle they deserve. As a physician, I know that food is medicine, and medicine doesn’t always come in pill form. Programs like these create an exciting step forward for our city and its employees.”

“Earlier this year, NYC Health + Hospitals and New York City Mayor Adams announced the expansion of our Lifestyle Medicine Program to six new public health care sites around New York — the most comprehensive expansion of lifestyle medicine programming in the US.” said dr. mitchell katzPresident and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Through our health insurance plan, New York employees can access the Lifestyle Medicine Program, which is now available at no cost to them and their families. Enrollees will receive a comprehensive medical evaluation by a team physician, with particular attention to current lifestyle behaviors and social needs. They will also meet individually with a dietitian and health coach and participate in group education.”

“I am delighted that MetroPlusHealth is expanding access to dietitian services,” said dr. michelle mackenFACP, DipABLM, Executive Director of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals. “What we eat is a critical factor in our long-term health, and everyone deserves the support of a dietitian to learn how to make nutritious food and meals a central part of their lifestyle.”

“too many New York residents consume foods high in saturated fat, added sugars, and sodium. A large proportion of New Yorkers do not eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke.” said dr. Raphael OrtizChairman of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in New York and Chief of Neuroendovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. “The American Heart Association applauds from new york city efforts to keep City workers healthy, and we look forward to promoting similar effective policies to help meet our City’s nutritional needs.”

“Strong evidence supports the effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) provided by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) in achieving and maintaining optimal blood glucose goals.” said Laura JeromeDNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDCES, FASCES, American Diabetes Association Vice President, Health Care Programs. “The American Diabetes Association applauds this expansion of coverage for nutrition education and is hopeful that such services will enable more people with diabetes to adopt healthy eating habits. Given the cost-effectiveness of lifestyle behavior modification to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, services such as a diabetes prevention program should be available to people at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.”

“By increasing the accessibility of dietitian visits, MetroPlusHealth will empower patients to improve their nutritional knowledge and competency and remove the confusion of how to nurture their best health,” said Cate Collings, MD, FACC, MS, DipABLM, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “Subway PlusHealth and NYC are delivering food as medicine and are leaders in crafting a path to better health outcomes, putting lifestyle medicine at the center of true values-based healthcare. Imagine what could happen if this approach spreads to other forward-thinking health plans!”

“Lifestyle modification, including nutritional counseling with dietitian services, is a critical part of reducing the burden of heart disease.” said dr. Srihari S. NaiduPresident of the New York Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “Making dietitian services easily accessible and free for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol is something all health plans should do, and we applaud the city for making this updated coverage decision.”

“We are more than delighted that MetroPlusHealth is offering this $0 Expansion of benefits for dieticians. This will provide countless New Yorkers with personalized and creative approaches to managing their health through diet. This will make a profound difference in the lives of New Yorkers and generations to come.” said theresa gentleMS, RDN, CDN, New York City Media Representative from New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Better nutrition can make a profound positive difference in health outcomes. Bringing lifestyle services to more New Yorkers is a big step toward health care equity and a fresh start. In february 2022Mayor Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals’ expansion of lifestyle medicine services throughout the city it represented the most comprehensive expansion of this programming in the US These programs can change people’s lives by treating, preventing, and in some cases even reversing common lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Subway PlusHealthThe Mayor’s Program serves as a supplement to the Mayor Adams Program. recently announced plan to help New Yorkers get their health back after the pandemic.

This new program is just one part of MetroPlusHealthOngoing commitment to making New Yorkers healthier. Earlier this month, MetroPlusHealth Announced a free medically personalized meal service in partnership with God’s Love We Deliver. With the goal of improving overall health outcomes, the no-cost program is open to eligible Medicaid members living with chronic conditions.

Subway PlusHealth Gold is available for EVERYBODY New York employees, their qualified partners and eligible dependents, and retirees not eligible for Medicare. The Gold Plan provides comprehensive benefits with a $0 employee premium with the basic plan, $0 deductibles, and $0 coinsurance

For more information about MetroPlusHealthservices, please visit www.metroplus.org.

About MetroPlus Health

Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth has built a reputation for providing access to quality, affordable health care to residents around the world. New York. Subway PlusHealth is the plan of choice for more than 670,000 New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the State’s 2020 Consumer Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in New York. The health plan’s strong network of primary care physicians and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive and fluent in more than 40 languages, MetroPlusof health the staff is as diverse as the great city it serves. For more information about Metro PlusHealth plans, benefits and services, visit www.metroplus.org and join the conversation on facebook.com/metroplushealth and Twitter @metroplushealth. Subway PlusHealth is a wholly owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system.

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