Montefiore Health System and Empire BlueCross BlueShield recently announced a new multi-year agreement, which will focus on improving access to quality and affordable healthcare in The Bronx and across New York, and will feature several outreach initiatives and community partnerships, such as nutrition services, a mobile health unit, and more.
“The new multi-year agreement reached by Montefiore Health Systems and Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a tremendous step towards our goal of improving health indicators in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Combatting health and healthcare issues has been a priority of mine since I first took office, and I am thrilled to see that this national company has stepped up and prioritized the health of my constituents while others, like UnitedHealthcare, have abandoned The Bronx, leaving tens of thousands of our residents without access to the doctors they trust during a global pandemic.”
The new deal will focus on Empire’s mission and existing commitment to improving health outcomes here in the Bronx. Past events have focused on keeping the community healthy- including mask and sanitizer distribution and flu pop-up clinics earlier this year, as well as grants for City Harvest’s Mobile Market Program and NYC Parks’ Shape Up program through Empire’s Foundation. Additionally, Empire is partnering with BronxNet Community Television and is a sponsor of the Go Bronx podcast.