City Employees – $0 Dietician Visits

City Employees Can Now Get $0 Dietitians Visits With MetroPlusHealth Gold

MetroPlusHealth, which already provides City workers with a robust package of health benefits, is adding a new benefit with the potential to improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers.

Going forward, municipal workers enrolled in the Gold Plan will be eligible to receive up to 26 visits a year with a dietitian expert at no cost. With the expansion, MetroPlusHealth became the first commercial insurer in the nation to offer free dietitian visits; almost 20,000 plan members are eligible for the offering.

“As a physician, I know that food is medicine, and medicine does not always come as a pill,” says Dr. Talya Schwartz, President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth.

It is no secret that too many New Yorkers have unhealthy diets. New Yorkers often eat foods high in saturated fats with added sugar and sodium. At the same time, many do not eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains, putting themselves at higher risk for stroke and heart disease. With free access to expert advice from dietitians, members can get personalized plans that will put them on the path to better health. The advice will help those coping with illness and those who want to prevent it.

The new benefit is just the latest example of the emphasis MetroPlusHealth puts on measures highlighting the critical role diet can play in health care. In February, MetroPlusHealth’s parent, NYC Health + Hospitals, announced the expansion of its groundbreaking lifestyle medical services at six public sites across the City. The program provides patients with chronic diseases the tools to make healthy lifestyle changes, including giving them access to plant-based foods.

The focus on a diet has the enthusiastic support of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has been very open about his struggles with Type 2 diabetes and how a better diet allowed him to put the disease into remission. “Healthy food is medicine all New Yorkers should have access to,” says Mayor Adams.

City employees can elect to enroll in the Gold Plan. When they do so, they will join an organization dedicated to:

  • Making health care accessible and affordable. The network has 34,000 doctors and sites across the five boroughs. There is no employee premium, no deductibles, no co-pays for in-network services, no pre-authorizations for outpatient services and no written referrals for in-network specialists.
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. The staff is fluent in 40 languages and is as diverse as the City it serves.
  • Defining health care as broadly as possible. The mission of MetroPlusHealth is to help every New Yorker get healthy. The new diet-related programs illustrate an organization that understands that a person’s health is much more than what happens in the exam room. Towards that end, the plan offers reimbursement for fitness memberships and participation in weight loss programs.

MetroPlusHealth has been serving New Yorkers since 1985 and is now the plan of choice for more than 680,000 people. It has a five-star rating based on the State’s Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Plus Managed Care Plans in New York City.

By opting for the Gold Plan, City workers will take a step towards better health for themselves and their families. Now is the time to start that journey.

last updated: January 19, 2023

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