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January 17, 2019:
The Health & Wellness Challenge inspires thousands to live healthier
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge continues to motivate Western New Yorkers to take charge of their own health and well-being by adopting simple, healthy habits. More than 40 prizes were awarded to participants during the most recent six-week initiative, which ran from October 22 through December 2.


December 13, 2018:
Independent Health Brief: Advancing Safe, Cost-Effective Treatment of Chronic Eye Conditions
Independent Health has a long history of collaborating with physicians to achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower health care costs for our community. One area of particular focus has been on the different available medications used to treat macular degeneration and other related serious eye conditions related to chronic illness.


November 14, 2018:
Independent Health and Brook expand patient-driven partnership
Independent Health and Brook, a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management, have made it easier for Independent Health members to self-manage their care and make the best decisions about their overall health by expanding the capabilities of the Brook Health Companion for smartphones.


October 24, 2018:
CMS designates Independent Health as a 4.5 Star Rated Medicare Plan for 2019
Independent Health has once again been recognized as a 4.5 Star Rated Medicare Plan* by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The annual Star Ratings are designed to help Medicare beneficiaries assess the quality, value and performance of every Medicare Advantage plan throughout the nation.


October 18, 2018:
Special Report: WNYers Understand the Important Role of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in Coordinating and Delivering Effective, Patient-Centered Health Care
The importance of primary care to our nation’s health care system – and to patient health – cannot be overstated. Primary care enables better coordination and collaboration of care among providers, improves patient outcomes, and addresses inefficiencies and cost. Families, individuals, employers, and the entire community all benefit from a health care system with a robust primary care structure in place. A new special report by Independent Health discusses what it takes to create a dynamic care system that helps primary care physicians deliver the most effective and efficient care.


October 15, 2018:
Get healthy and be rewarded by taking part in this fall’s Health & Wellness Challenge
The ninth round of the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will take place from October 22 through December 2. By meeting daily goals and completing easy and fun healthy activities, participants in this fall’s community-wide initiative will earn points and be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including a $5,000 cash grand prize.


October 4, 2018:
Independent Health among top plans for lowest number of complaints in New York state
According to the recently released 2018 New York State Consumer Guide to Health Insurers, Independent Health is among the highest overall ranked plans based on the lowest number of complaints from health care providers and consumers.


October 1, 2018:
Independent Health’s RedShirtsSM are ready to help during this year’s Medicare open enrollment period
With the start of the Medicare annual enrollment period just two weeks away, Independent Health’s experienced RedShirtsSM will be available at six Medicare Information Centers and other community sites throughout Western New York to help make sure people choose the Medicare plan that’s right for them for 2019.


September 20, 2018:
Independent Health among the nation’s highest-rated health plans for service and member satisfaction
Independent Health is one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation for clinical quality and member satisfaction, according to the 2018-2019 Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).


September 7, 2018:
Independent Health Provides Federal Officials With Input on Future Policies to Address Growing Drug Prices
Michael W. Cropp, President & CEO of Independent Health, voices support for efforts to lower the price consumers pay for prescription drugs and cites success of its Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions™ affiliate in providing a unique, transparent pricing model.


August 6, 2018:
Good for the Neighborhood® offers free health screenings and farmers market throughout August
The Independent Health Foundation is continuing its successful program, Good for the Neighborhood® (GFTN), with five free community events in August. These programs will focus on starting a healthy school year: showcasing healthy recipes and fun nutrition education activities for kids. Each location will also be giving away school supplies to children present at the event, while supplies last.


August 2, 2018:
NYS Senator Jacobs Secures $50,000 to Launch High School Program to Fight Heroin Epidemic
New York State Senator Chris Jacobs (60th SD) announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funds to support the implementation of a High School Student Ambassador Program in the City of Buffalo. Developed by the Independent Health Foundation and Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the pilot program is patterned after the successful Leadership in Training (LIT) middle school program.


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