Fidelis Care began its mission in 1993 under the auspices of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, Inc. and the Diocese of Brooklyn. The initial operating certificate reflected 14 zip codes in the borough of Brooklyn. By 1996, Fidelis Care had received approval to serve Medicaid beneficiaries Statewide.
In 1997, Fidelis Care received approval to provide benefits through Child Health Plus. In late 2001, Fidelis Care began offering Family Health Plus--which provided quality health care for those with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid--until New York State ended the program in 2014.
After celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2003, Fidelis Care continued to advance the company's mission with new programs and outreach to the uninsured:
- In May 2004, Fidelis Care began Fidelis Medicare Advantage and Dual Advantage to serve the elderly;
- To provide support for adults with greater needs, Fidelis Care started Fidelis Care at Home, a managed long term care product;
- In October 2005, Fidelis Care acquired CenterCare, a New York City-based Medicaid managed care company;
- Fidelis Care launched Fidelis Medicaid Advantage Plus (HMO), a Managed Long Term Care product for individuals 18 years of age or older who have a chronic illness or disability, in October 2009; and
- In 2013--its 20-year anniversary--Fidelis Care was approved to be a Qualified Health Plan, offering products through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace.
In 2015, Fidelis Care began offering Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) (MMP). Fidelis Care FIDA Plan is a managed care plan that contracts with both Medicare and the New York State Department of Health (Medicaid) to provide benefits of both programs to Participants through the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Demonstration.
Throughout this time of expansion, Fidelis Care has always maintained an ongoing commitment to quality and to providing members with access to the best possible care and service.