For Members

First Choice ยป For Members

There are a lot of changes happening in healthcare, but one of the best changes you can make is choosing a healthcare plan that puts you first. If you are looking for a health plan which offers low premiums, zero co-pays, and enhanced benefits, then Catholic Health First Choice is your best choice.

First Choice is a Hospital Preferred Provider Network (HPPN) designed by Catholic Health, one the area’s largest and most comprehensive health systems. With First Choice, you have access to hundreds of participating doctors and medical specialists and dozens of Catholic Health service locations throughout Western New York. That means you and your family will get the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost, with more comfort and convenience than ever before.

First Choice also provides benefit coverage for specialized hospital services outside of the Catholic Health network including:

  • Cancer Treatments
  • Pediatric Care
  • Burn Treatment
  • Transplants
  • Mental Healthcare
  • Trauma Care

The First Choice healthcare plan provides outstanding medical coverage for my family.

With their extensive coverage of participating physicians and facilities our family has many options where to receive services. The facilities are modern with state-of-the-art equipment and staffed with physicians who are ranked as best in their field of expertise.

While secondary to medical services, another major consideration for medical plans is the cost of coverage. Our family has been able to reduce our annual medical expenses when we switched to First Choice from another insurance provider.

– Dave Ehrke

Health and Wellness

Keeping you healthy and better management of ongoing or chronic medical conditions is an important part of First Choice. That’s why many services offered at Catholic Health and in your doctor’s office to promote good health, wellness and illness prevention are often covered in full or at a reduced co-pay, including:

  • Routine Mammograms
  • PSA (prostate cancer) Screening
  • Colonoscopies
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
  • Bone Density (Osteoporosis) Screening
  • Routine Physical Examinations
  • Adult and Child Immunizations
  • Routine Gynecological Care, Including Pap Smears
  • Well Child Visits
  • Maternity Care (prenatal and postnatal)

Large Physician Network and Out-of-Area Travel Coverage

Catholic Health First Choice recognizes the importance of maintaining established doctor/patient relationships, which is why we offer a large provider network.

First Choice also offers the flexibility of worldwide out-of-network benefit coverage for members requiring medical services while traveling outside the Western New York region.

This is a brief description of the benefits available under the Catholic Health benefit plan. In the event of a discrepancy between this website and the Plan Document, the Plan Document will prevail. Unless otherwise specified, Catholic Health reserves the right to terminate, withdraw, suspend, amend or modify any of the benefit program provisions. Any such change or termination in benefits will be solely at the discretion of Catholic Health and may apply to operational components, affiliates, any organization or individual covered under Catholic Health benefit programs.