Fidelis Care, the health-insurance company of New York state’s Catholic bishops, recently received state and county approval to expand into Wayne County.
Fidelis specializes in offering health-care programs for those who lack access to adequate care and serves enrollees through the Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid programs. There are nearly 10,000 Wayne County residents — including 1,600 children under the age of 19 — without health insurance, according to the state Department of Health.
Mark Lane, Fidelis Care’s president and chief executive officer, said the company is looking forward to providing quality, affordable health coverage for Wayne County residents and will work tirelessly to be an invaluable community health-care partner.
Tim Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of Wayne County, said his agency would help the health plan establish itself in the area in any way possible.
"We’re thrilled about having Fidelis Care as a resource for so many people in Wayne County," he said.
New York’s bishops founded Fidelis in 1993 on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. Fidelis established its presence in the Diocese of Rochester when it began operating in Monroe County in August 2007. In addition to Wayne and Monroe counties, it also operates in Cayuga and Tompkins counties, and it is in the process of building service-delivery networks in Livingston, Ontario and Seneca counties.
For more information about free or low-cost health insurance, contact Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit www.fideliscare.org.