New Community Health Center Opens In Flushing

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Staff Writer

A new community health resource center opened in Flushing last Friday.

WellCare, a nationwide company that has an office in Jackson Heights and several other spots throughout the City, focuses exclusively on the Medicare- and Medicaid-served population. WellCare has expanded to Flushing with the hopes of addressing the specific needs of the Asian community there.

Councilman Peter Koo joined WellCare staff at the grand opening of the Flushing office. Photo by Jackie Strawbridge

Councilman Peter Koo joined WellCare staff at the grand opening of the Flushing office. Photo by Jackie Strawbridge

“We’re putting a lot of effort behind our Asian market expansion,” said Meghan Izzo of WellCare of New York. The Flushing office staff represents three major Chinese dialects as well as several South Asian languages.

WellCare also works with external partners to address the needs of low-income members. Recently, WellCare invited local food banks to their offices to provide free tax services.

No medical services are provided at the Flushing WellCare office, rather, it is a space for Flushing residents to educate themselves about health and financial resources available to them.

“It’s open to the public, so anybody from Flushing can come in to talk about health care-related issues,” Izzo said.

She added that she hopes the office will be “a good neighbor where we can provide [the community] with resources and really help to educate them not only on their health care but all the other services that are available to them in Flushing and New York City.”

Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, jstrawbridge@queenstribune.com or @JNStrawbridge.