Healthfirst Opens New Community Office in Patchogue

Reinforces Company’s Deep Commitment to Serving the People of Long Island by Bringing Expertise Closer to the Community
NEW YORK, NY, September 18, 2018 – Healthfirst, New York’s largest non-profit health insurance company with nearly 1.4 million members, proudly announces the opening of its newest community office in the Suffolk County town of Patchogue. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 13, at 4pm at the new location: 99 West Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772.
“We are delighted to open the doors of our newest office in Patchogue, which demonstrates our commitment to Long Island and the people who count on a local health plan like Healthfirst to meet their needs,” said Paul Portsmore, Healthfirst’s Senior Vice President for Growth. “This location is providing our members and other residents with personal attention and the opportunity to learn firsthand about Healthfirst’s program offerings. We have already had great success and look forward to continuing to cultivate new relationships and strengthening our long-standing rapport with community partners.”
Founded more than 25 years ago by New York’s leading hospitals, Healthfirst is the fastest-growing health plan on Long Island. This is the second Healthfirst Community Office, and the company’s sixth retail location on Long Island. With nearly 130,000 members in Patchogue and the surrounding areas, opening a new location is important to Healthfirst’s promise of delivering high-quality customer service to its members. The office is staffed with bilingual representatives fluent in English and Spanish who will answer questions and help enroll those interested in obtaining health insurance coverage. The location serves as a hub for workshops and events held in partnership with local community-based organizations.
Local political and community leaders invited included:
• State Senator Thomas D. Croci, 3rd District
• Assemblyman Dean Murray, 3rd District
• Mayor Paul V. Pontieri, Jr.
• Town Legislator Robert Calarco, District Office 7
• Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Officials:
o David Kennedy (Executive Director)
o James Skidmore (President)
o Lou Commisso (Vice President)
o Melissa Kuehnle (Vice President)
o Jacqueline Hensle (former President)
The Patchogue community office is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 8:30am–5pm. For more information, please visit
About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is New York’s largest non-profit health insurer, providing Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans, long-term care and other integrated plans, qualified health plans, and individual and small group plans to nearly 1.4 million members. Sponsored by New York City’s leading hospitals, Healthfirst’s unique advantage is rooted in its mission of putting members first by aligning goals with the healthcare providers who deliver care. This value-based care model has been a catalyst for sustained growth in one of the most dynamic markets in the country. As part of the community for 25 years, Healthfirst earns the trust of its members by offering consistently high-quality, market-leading products.
For more information on Healthfirst, please visit
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