Fidelis Care, the health-insurance company founded by New York state’s Catholic bishops, has received verbal approval from the state Department of Health to begin operations in Cayuga and Tompkins counties effective July 1, said Mark Lane, Fidelis’ president and chief executive officer.
Since final state approval is still needed, the actual date on which Fidelis will begin to operate in those counties is not yet known, noted Jayson White, Fidelis’ public-relations coordinator.
Thus far the company operates in only one of the Diocese of Rochester’s 12 counties — Monroe — where it established operations in August 2007. Fidelis opened a regional office in Perinton in late March.
Lane said before Fidelis can begin operations in a county, it is required to demonstrate that it has recruited a sufficient number of health-care providers in a variety of specialties who have agreed to serve its patients. He said the company hopes to do so in other counties in the diocese.
“We could look forward to additional county expansion in the Diocese of Rochester within the next 12 months,” Lane said.
With the addition of Cayuga and Tompkins counties — whose residents would be served by the company’s Syracuse regional office — Fidelis will serve a population base of more than 415,000 people in 41 New York state counties, Lane said. Fidelis provides its customers with Medicaid Managed Care, Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus insurance plans, and offers the Medicare Advantage program in about 17 counties.
For details on Fidelis’ affordable health-insurance coverage, call the company toll free at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit www.fideliscare.org.