HealthPass Enhances Health Plan Offering for Small Employers

February 9, 2010 ( - HealthPass, the New York City-based non-profit health insurance exchange for small employers, has partnered with Medical Cost Advocate Inc. to provide advocacy services to participants in any of its health insurance plans.

Under the arrangement, employees and families enrolled in any of HealthPass’ portfolio of coverage options will have access to the services of MCA’s advocates, who will personally assist employees with reviewing their medical bills and reducing their out-of- pocket costs by negotiating discounts directly with health care providers.

A press release said Medical Cost Advocate professionals will review and negotiate virtually any medical bill, regardless of insurance status or medical procedure, including in and out-of network bills for full and excess charges, balance bills, deductibles, co-insurance, and non-covered services. 

Employees are only charged for the service when the advocates are successful in saving them money. 

“Employees simply don’t have the time or expertise to understand the complexities of medical bills and explanation of benefits.  This unique service gives employees in any of our plans direct access to experts who will review and negotiate all out of pocket expenses, often times reducing costs by as much as 50 percent,” said Vince Ashton, executive director of HealthPass, in the press release.

The Medical Cost Advocate program is the latest enhancement to HealthPass’ offerings for small employers, which also include COBRA/State Continuation Administration, discount Rx cards, and Health Advocates.  

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