MetroPlusHealth’s dietitian benefits package is among the most generous in the United States
The new extension of ongoing care will provide city staff with support for healthy living
NEW YORK, August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the cost of healthy food and diet-related diseases increases in the city, MetroPlusHealth, New York City’s quality and affordable healthcare plan, today announced its $0 Expanded the benefits of nutritionists for city employees included in the Gold Plan. MetroPlusHealth is the first commercial insurance provider to offer free visits to nutritionists in the country. The expanded offering would allow city workers and eligible family members in the plan to receive free nutritional advice with 26 visits to a nutritionist per year. The program is currently available to Gold members with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol. With this expansion, nearly 20,000 current members will be eligible. The service also includes nutritional advice as a preventive measure: A healthier diet reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Diet is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why a customized plan through the advice of a nutritionist is essential.
“Healthy food is medicine that all New Yorkers should have access to,” he said NYC mayor Eric Adams. “The advice of a nutritionist can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of New Yorkers. Changing my diet has helped transform my life and put my type 2 diabetes into remission. Everyone, especially those with chronic diet-related illnesses, should be able to meet with a nutritionist to learn how to take charge of their health.” I’m proud that City employees and their families are at Set MetroPlusHealth The Gold plan will now have access to free nutritionist visits to help lead a healthier life.”
“We are excited to offer this enhanced benefit NYC workers,” said dr. Talja SchwartzPresident and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “We know that poor diet and unhealthy weight were challenges even before the pandemic and increased vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus. New Yorkers want change, and change takes time. We recognize that with ongoing mentoring, coaching and mentoring, New Yorkers can access the healthy lifestyle they deserve and maintain it over time. As a doctor, I know that food is medicine and medicine doesn’t always come in pill form. Programs like these represent an exciting step forward for our city and its employees. “
“Earlier this year, NYC Health + Hospitals and NYC Mayor Adams announced the expansion of our lifestyle medicine program to six new public health facilities across the country NYC – the largest expansion of the lifestyle medicine program in the United States,” said dr. Mitchell KatzPresident and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Through our health insurance NYC Employees can access the Lifestyle Medicine Program, which is now available to them and their families at no cost. Those enrolled will receive a full medical examination by a team doctor, with particular attention to current lifestyle behaviors and social needs. You will also meet individually with a nutritionist and health coach and take part in group training sessions.”
“I’m thrilled that MetroPlusHealth is expanding access to nutritionists,” said dr. Michelle McMackenFACP, DipABLM, Executive Director of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals. “What we eat is a critical determinant of our long-term health, and everyone deserves the support of a nutritionist to learn how to make nutritious foods and meals a central part of their lifestyle.”
“Too many NYC Residents consume foods high in saturated fats, added sugars and sodium. A large proportion of New Yorkers don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke.” said dr. Raphael OrtizPresident of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in NYC and Chief Neuro-Endovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. “The American Heart Association applauds New York City’s Efforts to keep city workers healthy, and we look forward to advancing similarly effective actions to meet our city’s nutritional needs.”
“Clear Evidence Supports the Effectiveness of Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) Provided by Registered Nutritionists (RDNs) to Achieve and Maintain Optimal Blood Glucose Goals,” said Laura HieronymusDNP, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDCES, FASCES, Vice President of the American Diabetes Association, Health Programs. “The American Diabetes Association welcomes this expansion of coverage for nutrition education and hopes that such services will enable more people with diabetes to adopt healthy eating habits, as the Diabetes Prevention Program should be available to those at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. “
“By improving the accessibility of visits to nutritionists, MetroPlusHealth will empower patients to increase their nutritional knowledge and literacy and break through the confusion about how to maintain their best health,” said dr Cate Collings, FACC, MS, DipABLM, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. “MetroPlusHealth and NYC provide food as medicine and are leading the development of a path to better health outcomes by putting lifestyle medicine at the heart of true value-based healthcare. Imagine what could happen if this approach is expanded to other forward-thinking healthcare plans!”
“Lifestyle changes, including dietary advice with nutritionists, is a key 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 dietary advice for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol easily accessible and free is something all health plans should be doing, and we applaud the city for addressing this head-on in its updated coverage decision.”
“We are beyond thrilled that MetroPlusHealth offers this $0 Extension of services for nutritionists. This will give countless New Yorkers personalized and creative approaches to managing their health through nutrition. This will make a profound difference in the lives of New Yorkers and generations to come.” said Theresa GentileMS, RDN, CDN, New York City media representative The State of New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Improved nutrition can make a profound positive difference in health outcomes. Offering lifestyle services to more New Yorkers is a big step toward healthcare equity and a fresh start. in the February 2022Mayor Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals’ citywide expansion of lifestyle medicine represented the largest expansion of this program in the United States. These programs can transform people’s lives by treating, preventing, and in some cases even reversing common lifestyle-related chronic diseases. MetroPlusHealth‘s program serves as a complement to Mayor Adams’ recently announced plan to help New Yorkers recover from the pandemic.
This new program is just a part of MetroPlusHealth‘s ongoing commitment to making New Yorkers healthier. Earlier this month MetroPlusHealth announced a complimentary medically tailored meal service in partnership with God’s Love We Deliver. The free program aims to improve overall health outcomes and is open to eligible Medicaid members living with chronic diseases.
MetroPlusHealth Gold is available EVERYONE NYC Employees, their qualifying partners and eligible dependents, and non-Medicare retirees. The Gold Plan offers comprehensive benefits with a $0 Employee bonus with the basic plan, $0 deductibles and $0 co-insurance.
To learn more about MetroPlusHealth‘s services, please visit www.metroplus.org.
MetroPlus since 1985Health has built a strong reputation for providing access to affordable, quality healthcare for residents across Europe NYC. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for over 670,000 New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the state’s 2020 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans NYC. The health plan’s solid network of GPs and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive and fluent in 40+ languages, MetroPlusHealth The staff is as diverse as the great city they serve. Learn more about MetroPlusHealth For plans, benefits and services, visit www.metroplus.org and join the conversation at facebook.com/metroplushealth and Twitter @metroplushealth. MetroPlusHealth is a wholly owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system.