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VillageCareMAX celebrates opening of fi rst community center in Flushing
BY JENNA BAGCAL
A nonprofi t organization that off ers
Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC)
opened its fi rst storefront in Flushing.
VillageCareMAX, part of the VillageCare
organization, celebrated the grand opening
of its community center at 41-80 Main St.
on July 18.
VillageCare leadership along with
leaders from the Chinese American
Independent Practice Association
(CAIPA), Councilman Peter Koo and
Community Board 7 District Manager
Marilyn McAndrews commemorated the
center’s opening with a ceremonial lion
dance symbolizing good fortune and longevity.
According to the nonprofi t, those seeking
health care insurance will now be able
to visit the VillageCareMAX storefront to
receive detailed information and enrollment
assistance from a live Medicare representative,
free of charge.
“Th is is an opportunity for us to serve
the community because we have number
of members that live in this community,”
said Emma DeVito, VillageCare president
and CEO. “We’re gonna be focused primarily
on the Medicare products for people
that come in who have questions. Th ey
bring in their mail. Th ey don’t understand
what was sent to them by Medicare. So we
really want to make sure that we can provide
that service. And individuals that are
interested in enrolling in our products, we
would want to provide them with information
so that they could make an informed
More than 13,000 members in the
VillageCareMAX network will have these
services available to them. DeVito added
that for elderly members, the in-person
interactions are more eff ective than communicating
online or by phone.
“I think in particular, with the elderly,
a lot of times they may not have the
opportunity to do things online and it
could be a little bit diffi cult for them. I also
think there’s nothing like the face-to-face
because you really are connecting with
people. So I think this gives them and us
an opportunity to interact and make that
Photos by Jenna Bagcal/QNS
connection,” DeVito said.
In 1977, a group of community volunteers
founded VillageCare in an eff ort to
rescue a for-profi t nursing home from closing.
VillageCareMAX began operating in
July 2012 and is one of the largest and fastest
growing MLTC plans in New York City.
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