Health Plans Expands Across Florida
By Space Coast Daily // March 14, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It began in 1996 as a local, community-based alternative to out-of-state insurance mega-giants, but now it is venturing out beyond the Space Coast for the first time.
In what has become a real Space Coast business success story, Health First Health Plans (HFHP), which prides itself on its reputation for being community oriented and 100 percent dedicated to serving the specific needs of Floridians, is now able to offer two stand-alone prescription drug (PDP) plans from the Panhandle to the Keys.
This is the first time HFHP has branched out beyond Brevard County and its surrounding communities. Now any Floridian with original Medicare can choose a PDP from Health First Health Plans.
The Essential (PDP) Plan features a low monthly plan premium and deductible, and a comprehensive selection of Part D prescription drugs. The Prime (PDP) Plan features a wider selection of covered drugs, NO deductible, and coverage in the gap for Tier 1 generic drugs.
Proven Track Record of Providing Superior Quality
Although these PDP plans are too new to be rated yet, HFHP has a proven track record of providing superior quality, value and service. Their Medicare Advantage plans earned an overall quality rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 by Medicare for 2012 – the highest score received by any Medicare Advantage plan in Florida this year.
Plan performance summary star ratings are assessed each year and may change from one year to the next. HFHP also ranked number 2 in Florida and number 22 in the nation (out of more than 403 plans) in NCQA’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011–2012.
“Our goal is to provide the same outstanding quality and service for our new PDP plan members that have earned us the distinction of being one of the highest-rated Medicare Advantage plans in the state,” said James Beermann, vice president of sales and marketing at HFHP.
“Our members know that when they call us, they are talking to someone who is here in Florida, not in some distant call center on the other side of the country or the other side of the planet, and now we’re going to spread our wings a little bit and offer that same personal customer care to other Floridians.”
About Health First Health Plans
Located in the Brevard County, Florida, Health First Health Plans serves nearly 65,000 members, including 23,000 Medicare members. Serving residents of Brevard County and part of Sebastian in Indian River County for 15 years, Health First Health Plans was founded as part of Health First, Inc. a not-for-profit family of healthcare services that also includes Viera Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Health First Physicians. For more information, visit www.HealthFirstHealthPlans.org or call 321-434-5665.