NEW YORK — Insurance company MetroPlus Health cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Harlem on Monday.
CBS2’s Jessi Mitchell got a first look at how the provider is expanding its offerings to the community.
The “for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers” health plan wants you to look at comprehensive coverage in a new light.
Dr. Glendon Henry has spent decades caring for the people of Harlem.
“We started here in 1985 at Metropolitan Hospital. We’ve been in Harlem forever. It will improve our footprint,” Henry said.
Beyond insurance, the new office will offer resources on preventative health care and nutrition, as well as help with immigration, legal and housing issues.
“If you can’t get around or you don’t have a place to live, health care isn’t what you first thought,” Henry said.
For years, the MetroPlus Health team set up a table inside a former tax office while roaming the neighborhood with their mobile unit to serve customers. But during the pandemic, the neighbors needed it more than ever.
“And you haven’t seen the demand decrease? Mitchell asked.
“Not at all. In fact, we’ve grown about 35% in this community alone,” Henry said.
Harlem native John Wendell said the office would be a welcome new tool for connecting to his network, in addition to an updated version of the bus he uses to work with customers.
“There’s a really big, bright yellow sign outside. It really grabs people’s attention. The look is totally different. The air is cooler and it’s just that it helps to keep Harlem new” , Wendell said.
This bright yellow sign also draws lawmakers working across the street to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.
“It’s always important to be able to be close to the people who make the decisions. They will get to know us. They will see what we are doing. They will know what we need. They will know what the community needs, and they can be the bridge between us and them to get things done,” Henry said.
The desk not only provides coverage, but space for solutions.
You can find MetroPlus Health’s new office on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 125th Street.