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MetroPlus Health Plan Announces New Partnerships with City Government Agencies to Enroll More New Yorkers in Health Insurance

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New Collaborations with FDNY, NYC Housing Authority, Taxi and Limousine Commission Support City’s Commitment to Guarantee Health Care to All New Yorkers; Responds to Mayor’s Executive Order 40

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NYC–MetroPlus Health Plan today announced new partnerships with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to provide New Yorkers who interact with these three critical agencies information about the City’s public option health plan and encourage them to enroll in affordable health insurance. The three large city government agencies interact with more than 700,000 New Yorkers annually. The collaboration between MetroPlus, the health insurance plan of NYC Health + Hospitals, and the city agencies supports the City’s commitment to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers and Executive Order 40 signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January requiring city agencies to help enroll people in health insurance anywhere where New Yorkers are directly served. These partnerships with City agencies were facilitated in part by the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit, which oversees implementation of the executive order.

“We are proud to work with these new city partners to increase access to affordable, quality health insurance to many more New Yorkers,” said Talya Schwartz, M.D., President & Chief Executive Officer of MetroPlus. “These partnerships will help us reach more than 170,000 taxi drivers, 400,000 New Yorkers who live in public housing and the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who interact with the FDNY every year.”

“Many New Yorkers who are in need of and eligible for health insurance already interact with the government on a regular basis,” said Mayor’s Public Engagement Director Omar Khan. “The Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit was chosen to oversee the implementation of Executive Order 40 because of our extensive experience in proactive outreach, and I am excited to see other City agencies adopt strategies that make the most of the City’s existing resources to help New Yorkers access the services they need.”

“Partnering with MetroPlus is a key component of the TLC’s ongoing outreach efforts to help connect drivers with services,” said Acting TLC Commissioner Bill Heinzen. “Making affordable healthcare available to our licensees — whether at one of our driver events, the MetroPlus desk at our LIC office, or at one of our authorized driver schools – protects and supports drivers and their families.”

“NYCHA is thrilled to work with MetroPlus Health Plan and our partner agencies to provide onsite social and wellness programming for our senior residents and their families at developments across the City,” said NYCHA Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships Sideya Sherman. “Thanks to the de Blasio administration, more public housing residents will now have affordable medical coverage, allowing NYCHA families to receive the health support services they need in their community.”

“The health and safety of New Yorkers is so important to the FDNY, which is why we are proud to partner with MetroPlus and our fellow agencies to bring greater awareness about the City’s public option health plan,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “We hope that by sharing this health plan information with visitors at FDNY locations and those who have been transported by our ambulances, more New Yorkers will have the opportunity to obtain affordable health insurance.”

MetroPlus is partnering with the NYC TLC on several outreach and enrollment initiatives:

  • On-site insurance enrollment at the TLC Long Island City office and TLC-authorized driver education facility at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn;
  • On-site insurance enrollment and education sessions at Kingsborough Community College for the TLC driver courses
  • Cross advertising on site and via digital and social media platforms.

MetroPlus is partnering with NYCHA on a variety of programs:

  • On-site Medicare workshops plus social and wellness activities for seniors and others at 8 NYCHA locations designed to lessen social isolation, including:

    • Bingo tournaments
    • Senior birthday celebrations
    • Zumba classes
    • Health fairs

MetroPlus is partnering with FDNY on a number of enrollment efforts:

  • On-site marketing and health insurance screenings for visitors at FDNY headquarters;
  • Adding MetroPlus information on EMS Ambulance invoices to assist uninsured New Yorkers to get coverage;
  • Cross advertising on premises, as well as through digital and social media platforms.

In April, MetroPlus launched the new city agency collaborations by deploying over two-dozen insurance enrollment specialists to do on-site outreach, education, and enrollment at 6 NYC Department of Probation offices and 18 new Small Business Services (SBS) Workforce 1 and Business Solution Career Centers. These two government agency offices together serve nearly 55,000 New Yorkers every year.

Since April 2019, MetroPlus has enrolled nearly 2,500 new members directly through its partnerships with City agencies. Currently, membership at MetroPlus stands at nearly 519,000 New Yorkers, with close to 4,000 new enrollees added since the mayor announced Executive Order 40 in January.

About MetroPlus

MetroPlus Health Plan offers eligible New Yorkers a wide selection of health insurance options, including Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Plus, MetroPlus Gold for city employees and SHOP for small businesses. The health plan offers access to primary, specialty, pharmacy and other health care services at low or no cost throughout New York City for people of all ages and varied health needs. MetroPlus members enjoy special perks including up to $1,000 in gym reimbursement, a rewards points program to redeem for gifts, and services to address social determinants of health like housing and food insecurity.

Since 1985, MetroPlus Health Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to residents of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. A wholly-owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system, MetroPlus is the plan of choice for over half a million New Yorkers and has a five-star rating based on the State’s 2018 Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and Child Health Plus Managed Care Plans in New York City. The health plan’s robust network of primary care doctors and specialists includes many independent community providers. Culturally sensitive, and fluent in more than 40 languages, MetroPlus staff is as diverse as the great city it serves. For more information about MetroPlus plans, benefits, and services, visit and join the conversation at and twitter @metroplushealth.

About the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)

NYCHA’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. Over 390,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 316 public housing developments and PACT/RAD developments formerly managed by NYCHA around the five boroughs. Over 190,000 receive subsidized rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program. For more information, visit, and for regular updates on NYCHA news and services, connect with us via and

About The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), created in 1971, is the agency responsible for licensing and regulating New York City’s medallion (Yellow) taxicabs, for-hire vehicles (community-based liveries, black cars and luxury limousines), commuter vans, and paratransit vehicles. The Commission’s Board consists of nine members, eight of whom are unsalaried Commissioners. The salaried Chair/ Commissioner presides over regularly scheduled public commission meetings and is the head of the agency, which maintains a staff of approximately 600 TLC employees.

Over 200,000 TLC licensees complete approximately 1,000,000 trips each day. To operate for hire, drivers must first undergo a background check, have a safe driving record, and complete 24 hours of driver training. TLC-licensed vehicles are inspected for safety and emissions at TLC’s Woodside Inspection Facility.

About The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States and universally is recognized as the world’s busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency. The Department’s main goal is to provide fire protection and other critical public safety services to residents and visitors in the five boroughs. The Department also works to continually educate the public in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes.

Since its inception in 1865, FDNY has helped lead efforts to make New York the safest big city in the nation. This accomplishment requires a steadfast and daily commitment to maintaining the Department’s core values. To that end, FDNY members are sworn to serve and protect life and property.

FDNY not only responds to more than a million emergencies every year, its personnel also strive to prevent them by continually educating the public in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes.


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Western Digital Announces Sale of IntelliFlash Business to DDN and Intention to Exit Storage Systems

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Western Digital to Focus on Fabric-Based Data Center Storage Infrastructure and Platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its IntelliFlash™ business to DDN, a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management. In addition, Western Digital and DDN have agreed to expand their existing partnership through a multi-year strategic sourcing agreement, under which DDN will increase its purchase of Western Digital’s HDD and SSD storage devices.

This announcement is part of Western Digital’s strategic intention to exit Storage Systems, which consists of the IntelliFlash and ActiveScale™ businesses. The company is exploring strategic options for ActiveScale. These actions will allow Western Digital to optimize its Data Center Systems portfolio around its core Storage Platforms business, which includes the OpenFlex™ platform and fabric-attached storage technologies.

“As we look to the future, scaling and accelerating growth opportunities for IntelliFlash and ActiveScale will require additional management focus and investment to ensure long-term success,” said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer. “By refocusing our Data Center Systems resources on our Storage Platforms business, we are confident that the Western Digital portfolio will be better positioned to capture significant opportunities ahead and drive long-term value creation.”

“DDN has deep technical expertise and capabilities in high performance and at scale data environments, and is well positioned to build on and accelerate the success of the business,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president & general manager of the Data Center Systems business. “Importantly, both Western Digital and DDN are aligned in our commitment to executing a smooth transition for all stakeholders. Western Digital will remain one of the largest consumers of IntelliFlash products, and customers will continue to receive best-in-class service and support.”

The transaction is expected to close later this calendar year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Western Digital’s intended exit of Storage Systems is expected to generate an annual non-GAAP EPS benefit of at least $0.20 starting in the fiscal 2020 third quarter ending April 3, 2020. The Company will also incur restructuring and other charges, which are not determinable at this time.

About Western Digital

Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure, creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, SanDisk®, WD®, and the Western Digital® brands.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, OpenFlex, ActiveScale and IntelliFlash are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release discloses the non-GAAP EPS benefit expected from the transaction. Non-GAAP EPS is a financial measure that is not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The expected Non-GAAP EPS benefit disclosed herein excludes the amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, employee termination, asset impairment and other charges, charges related to cost saving initiatives and convertible debt activity. The timing and amount of these charges and additional charges that may impact the non-GAAP EPS benefit cannot be quantified and are dependent on the timing and determination of certain actions and, therefore, cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a full reconciliation of non-GAAP EPS benefit to the comparable GAAP financial measure depicting the impact of the transaction on a GAAP basis is not available without unreasonable effort.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the timing and expected impact of our strategic partnership and related transaction with DDN, business strategies and growth opportunities, and product and technology portfolio. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.

Key risks and uncertainties include the possibility that conditions to closing the transaction may not be satisfied, such that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and available on the SEC’s website at, including our most recently filed periodic report, to which your attention is directed. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


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Corporate Communications


Peter Andrew

Investor Relations


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BrightView to Participate in the Berenberg US Stockpicker Conference

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BLUE BELL, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BrightView Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BV) (“the Company” or “BrightView”), the leading commercial landscaping services company in the United States, today announced that it will participate in the Berenberg US Stockpicker Conference. The event will consist of one-on-one meetings throughout the day. It will take place in New York City on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The expected attendees from BrightView are Andrew Masterman (President and CEO), John Feenan (Executive Vice President and CFO) and Daniel Schleiniger (Vice President, Investor Relations).

About BrightView

BrightView is the largest provider of commercial landscaping services in the United States. Through its team of approximately 22,000 employees, BrightView provides services ranging from landscape maintenance and enhancements to tree care and landscape development for thousands of customers’ properties, including corporate and commercial properties, HOAs, public parks, hotels and resorts, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, educational institutions, restaurants and retail, and golf courses, among others. BrightView is the Official Field Consultant to Major League Baseball.


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GTY’s Business Unit, Questica, Releases New Analytics Capabilities for Its Budget Suite

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Revamped dashboards and reporting features enable secure and actionable client insights

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: GTYH) (“GTY”), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announces that its budgeting and transparency subsidiary, Questica Software Inc. (“Questica”), has released revamped dashboard and reporting features for its Questica Budget suite.

The new feature updates allow clients to spend less time compiling numbers and generating reports. Instead, clients can efficiently explore and analyze their budget and other data for actionable insights that can help drive priorities and positive outcomes for those they serve.

“Today’s public sector organizations are under intense pressure to deliver programs and services in a fiscally responsibly manner,” said Stephen Rohleder, CEO of GTY Technology. “Questica’s commitment to ongoing product innovation is one of the ways they deliver an exceptional customer experience. Questica consistently tailors their solutions to meet client requirements by listening to our clients’ strategic priorities, then working with them to build those features.”

Questica Budget’s latest software release (2019.3) enhances the already robust analytics and reporting functionality within the system, allowing users to:

  • Create, personalize and share intuitive dashboards and onscreen reporting with an easy-to-use drag and drop interface
  • Drill-down and drill-through dashboards and Smart reports
  • Turn on/off the table and data visualization chart options for Smart onscreen reporting
  • Access the Report Center’s ready-built, editable templates and add in any additional data desired such as other calculated columns and table features
  • Create reports that have a clean modern look with standard headers, footers, and logo embed options
  • Secure and share the data on dashboards and reports, so users only see what they need to see.

“Data is an important and strategic asset that informs decisions about the programs and services that can be provided, so we want to change how our clients see their budget and financial data,” states James Orr, Product Manager at Questica. “Our contextual dashboards with their interactive charts and widgets can provide organizations better collaboration and decision-making abilities, whether it is accessing cost center and project specific details, comparing the budget to actuals, or assessing performance trends over time.”

For more information about how Questica Budget Suite can help transform your organization’s budgeting and reporting process, please visit our website at, or schedule a personal demonstration with one of our budget professionals.

About Questica

Questica is the recognized leader in budget preparation and management software that enables data-driven budgeting and decision-making, while increasing data accuracy, saving time and improving stakeholder trust. Over 700 education, government and healthcare organizations across North America have opted for smarter planning, budgeting, management, transparency and sharing with our software solutions. Questica is a GTY Technology company (NASDAQ: GTYH).

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About GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (“GTY”)) brings leading public sector technology companies together to achieve a new standard in stakeholder engagement and resource management. Through its six business unites, GTY offers an intuitive cloud-based suite of solutions for state and local governments, education institutions, and healthcare organizations spanning functions in procurement, payments, grant management, budgeting, and permitting: Bonfire provides strategic sourcing and procurement software to enable confident and compliant spend; CityBase provides government payment solutions to connect constituents with utilities and government agencies; eCivis offers a grant management system to maximize grant revenues and track performance; Open Counter provides government payment software to guide applicants through complex permitting and licensing procedures; Questica offers budget preparation and management software to deliver on financial and non-financial strategic objectives; Sherpa provides public sector budgeting software and consulting services.


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Wendy McLean-Cobban

Marketing Director, Questica
C: (416) 998-2407

W: (877) 707-7755 ext. 585

Carter Glatt

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, GTY
(702) 945-2898

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