Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 3, 2016
Contact : Jennifer Netzband, -  

Geisinger Health Plan and Hackensack Meridian Health End Collaboration


Neptune, NJ - Geisinger Health Plan and Hackensack Meridian Health have ended their four-year collaboration and will not be offering Geisinger Gold in New Jersey for 2017. Despite the dissolution of their joint partnership, Hackensack Meridian Health will remain in Geisinger Health Plan’s network of participating hospitals and providers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“It has been a privilege to serve our Geisinger Gold patients,” said Patrick Young, president of Population Health for Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack Meridian Health is working with Geisinger Health Plan to ensure our patients are able to find new health plans that address their needs. While this relationship has ended, Hackensack Meridian Health is always searching for new ways to improve patient care.”

Individuals with Geisinger Gold in Monmouth and Ocean counties can use their plan through 2016. Members will receive a letter with information to help them find coverage for 2017. To further help with the transition, affected members have a Special Enrollment Period available to them that lasts until February 28, 2017 and guaranteed access to another Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan. Medicare’s Annual Election Period begins October 15, 2016.

“This was a difficult decision and was not made lightly,” said Steven Youso, president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan. “We were able to make a healthy difference in our members’ lives and are thankful we had the opportunity to work collaboratively with Hackensack Meridian Health on providing quality health care.”

Geisinger Gold, a Medicare Advantage product, was made available to seniors in Ocean and Monmouth counties in January 2013. Over the past few years, the plan succeeded in several areas including reducing the use of high risk medications among the elderly and increasing medication adherence across several chronic diseases.

Affected Geisinger Gold members seeking additional information or assistance can contact Geisinger Health Plan at 1-800-498-9731.

About Geisinger Health Plan
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville, Pennsylvania. Geisinger Health Plan’s HMO, PPO and Geisinger Gold’s HMO are among the highest-rated private and Medicare health plans in the nation.* The plan serves approximately 540,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maine. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, Medicare beneficiaries, Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medical Assistance recipients. For more information, please visit

*NCQA’s Private and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016-2017. Geisinger Health Plan’s PPO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Quality Options. Geisinger Gold HMO is listed in NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ratings under Geisinger Health Plan.

About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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