An affiliate of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of home- and community-based health services, has received approval from New York to acquire the New York-Presbyterian System SelectHealth (NYPS) health care plan for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
VNSNY Choice’s acquisition was effective June 1, 2012, when the health plan became VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth, and members were automatically transitioned into the new plan unless they chose to opt out and enroll in another health insurance plan.
The newly-acquired plan is a Special Needs Plan for Medicaid-eligible New Yorkers living in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, or Queens, and it provides an expanded array of special HIV/AIDS care and services to adults with the disease as well as their children.
“We see VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth as a safety net for a vulnerable population of New Yorkers who have special medical, psychological and social needs,” says Christopher Palmieri, president of the new health plan. “Our aim in acquiring this plan is to build on and expand the excellent work that New York Presbyterian began with SelectHealth, and to ensure sustainability that will support New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS and their families in the years to come.”
VNSNY CHOICE is based on the community-oriented, visiting nurse model that allows patients to remain in their homes.
Written by Alyssa Gerace