Innovation Health to take over Valley Health, SU insurance plans

Effective Jan. 1, Innovation Health will provide health insurance plans to Valley Health and Shenandoah University employees, as well as to local residents.

CEO of Innovation Health David Notari, said, “Choice is a major benefit for consumers and with these plans local residents will have more options to choose from when looking for the coverage that works best for them and their family.”

The insurance will be provided by the Innovation Health LEAP plans on the exchange.

Notari they are excited about adding the Shenandoah Valley.

“It’s a brand new market for us” he said. “It will be a new experience for some. I don’t think people will see much of a change in terms of the benefits they are offered.”

According to Notari, the new insurance plans have eliminated co-insurances and combined the deductible and out-of-pocket match.

“Once they hit the deductible, everything gets covered at 100 percent,” he said.

Notari said that they surveyed consumers to find out what they wanted in their insurance plans and came back with three things: make it affordable, make it less complex to manage, and keep me healthy.

He said, “By putting our heads together we are able to get people and families the cost-effective health insurance coverage they need to improve their health – that means making sure they have a primary care physician, offering incentives for scheduling yearly check-ups, and reminding them about their upcoming treatments and medication, just to name a few.”

He added that they have implemented an incentive program that rewards healthy behaviors with gift cards. These behaviors include watching a video on how their insurance plan works, syncing a fitness device with the Innovation Health app and seeing a doctor.

To make the process less complicated to reduce waste, many of the services are available digitally, he said.

Paperwork is completed online and a digital ID card will be sent to the consumer’s phone and email in place of a plastic card. The option of a plastic card and hard-copy paperwork is available upon request to those who prefer it, he added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com