Making Health Insurance Affordable for Everyone
At Hudson Health Plan, we are committed to providing affordable health care where and when you need it. We feel an equal responsibility to our members, providers, and all people in the communities we serve. We pledge to provide the best services possible, delivered in the most culturally sensitive, respectful, and caring manner.
This commitment is evident in Hudson’s core values and beliefs:
These values have guided us since the mid-1980s, when we were founded under the name Westchester Prepaid Health Services Plan, Inc. Today, Hudson Health Plan is a not-for-profit managed care organization, licensed under New York State Public Health Law and providing services to our members in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess counties. Based in Tarrytown, New York, Hudson operates field offices in New Rochelle, Newburgh, Monticello, and Poughkeepsie.
A History of Public Service
The history of Hudson Health Plan actually dates back to the 1960's and the "War on Poverty," when the Federal government established several hundred Community Health Centers (CHCs), located throughout the country in low-income neighborhoods and communities that lacked good medical care. As not-for-profit, Federally subsidized health care facilities, CHCs provide services on a sliding-fee scale, according to income, to anyone who needs medical care.
In 1985, a group of CHCs in Westchester County, New York came together to form a managed care organization that would provide excellent, coordinated health services to people who were receiving New York State Medicaid. This organization later changed its name to HealthSource/Hudson Health Plan. Two of the founding CHCs (Open Door Family Medical Centers and Hudson River Community Health) are represented on Hudson Health Plan's Board of Directors. Hudson's enrollees receive care at these and other CHCs, as well as from private doctors, hospitals, and other providers in our extensive network of health care professionals and institutions.
Our Affordable Health Insurance Programs
Hudson Health Plan offers three state-sponsored programs:
Hudson Health Plan serves more than 115,000 people in its coverage area in New York's Hudson Valley. This focus on the Hudson Region led the Plan to officially change its name to Hudson Health Plan in 2003.
Hudson Health Plan reflects the philosophy of its founders. We believe that everyone is entitled to be healthy and to receive the services that can help maintain good health and the highest quality of life possible. Hudson’s mission is “to promote and provide access to excellent health services for all people.”
A Network of Caring
Our Health Plan members receive their primary and specialty health care from participating private physicians and health centers. Inpatient care is provided by hospitals throughout the service area. Dental care, behavioral health, vision care and other health services are offered to all members. More than 3,800 health care professionals are affiliated with Hudson Health Plan’s medical provider network.
In addition to providing affordable health insurance coverage, Hudson Health Plan helps members manage their long-term health through chronic-illness case management and well-care programs, and rewards providers for giving members excellent care. These programs are one reason Hudson Health Plan consistently ranks high in patient satisfaction surveys and in managed care quality performance measures tracked by the New York State Department of Health.
Bringing State Funding to Our Community
For each individual enrolled, Hudson Health Plan receives a monthly premium from New York State. Depending on their family income, some Child Health Plus enrollees are required to contribute a small co-premium toward their coverage. For Medicaid and Family Health Plus enrollees, no premiums or fees of any kind are charged for covered services. Because we are a not-for-profit organization, Hudson Health Plan has no private shareholders. This means that any surplus funds the Plan earns are reinvested in services and programs for our enrollees, and in the personnel and technology needed for future growth and continuous quality improvement.