NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - HealthPass, a leading New York City-based non-profit agency dedicated to improving access to health coverage for small businesses, announced today that Alexander Garnett has joined the firm as its new Director of Business Development.

An employee benefits and insurance industry veteran, Garnett brings more than 30 years of sales, marketing and management experience to HealthPass. In this newly created position of Director of Business Development, he will focus on expanding HealthPass' business in the small employer health insurance marketplace throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland counties.

"Alex brings to HealthPass a wealth of experience and a strong track record of identifying opportunities and developing relationships at a time when a growing number of small employers are looking for affordable health care insurance options," said Vince Ashton, Executive Director of HealthPass. "We are entering a period of growth, and his knowledge and significant experience in the employee benefits arena, especially in the small group marketplace, will be an asset to our management team. We are thrilled that Alex has joined us."

Prior to joining HealthPass, Garnett spent five years with Connecticare, Inc. in Farmington, CT, where he was vice president of sales. He also has held various sales and marketing management positions with PHS Health Plans, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, New York Life and Aetna.

Garnett earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Norwich University. He is a resident of Darien, CT.

About HealthPass

HealthPass is an innovative partnership between the New York Business Group on Health, the City of New York and the health insurance industry bringing small businesses, and now sole proprietors, healthcare choices worthy of Fortune 500 companies.

HealthPass allows eligible employees of small businesses to individually choose a healthcare plan that fits their medical needs and budgets from an ever-growing range of choices. There are more than 30 different coverage options from four leading carriers -- GHI, Health Net, HIP Health Plan of New York and PerfectHealth -- as well as two dental plans and a bundled security product offered through Guardian. With over 200,000 providers, HealthPass affords greater network access than any single plan. For more information, please visit

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