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December 30, 2019:
Thousands of Western New Yorkers take part in the Health & Wellness Challenge
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge continues to motivate Western New Yorkers to get active, eat right and take charge of their health. More than 33,000 individuals were registered for the 11th Health & Wellness Challenge, which ran from October 21 through December 1. In addition, a $5,000 cash grand prize was awarded to one lucky Tonawanda resident.

October 17, 2019:
Independent Health recognized as one of the best insurance companies for Medicare Advantage coverage by U.S. News & World Report
Independent Health has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the best health insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage coverage in 2020. Independent Health is only one of two health plans in New York state to make this year’s list.

October 10, 2019:
East Aurora is the newest rural location for Good for the Neighborhood
Free and open to the public, this Good for the Neighborhood will offer flu shots, health screenings – including for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose – performed by professionals from Wegmans, fresh Fall produce for attendees to take home, raffle prizes, and fun activities for kids.

September 24, 2019:
The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health renew partnership to improve the health and well-being of Western New Yorkers
The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health are pleased to announce that they renewed their commitment today to team up and tackle the region’s health challenges and promote better health and well-being for Western New Yorkers.

September 20, 2019:
Independent Health once again among the nation’s highest-rated health plans
Independent Health is one of the highest-rated health insurance plans in the nation for clinical quality and member satisfaction, according to the 2019-2020 Private/Commercial Health Insurance Plan Ratings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Overall, Independent Health received a 4.5 out of 5 rating for its HMO/POS (Private/Commercial) plan.

July 19, 2019:
Reddy Bikeshare, in Partnership with Independent Health, to Celebrate Three Years in the City of Buffalo with a Bike Photo Scavenger Hunt
Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health honor the bikeshare program’s third full year in the City of Buffalo with a week-long celebration that provides opportunities for members to get out and explore Buffalo by bike.

July 15, 2019:
Health & Wellness Challenge achieves participation milestone
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge continues to inspire Western New Yorkers to become more engaged in their own health and well-being. More than 30,000 individuals registered for the 10th Health & Wellness Challenge, which ran from April 29 through June 9. Plus, one lucky participant was awarded a $5,000 cash grand prize.

May 20, 2019:
Independent Health announces new partnership with HealthEquity
Independent Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with HealthEquity, one of the leading administrators of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in the nation. Through this new collaboration, Independent Health is now the only health plan in Western New York that offers an HSA product with complete integrated enrollment and claims payment solutions that makes it easier for employers and members to manage, use and maximize an HSA.

May 10, 2019:
Media statement regarding privacy event
On March 19, 2019, an Independent Health employee inadvertently emailed documents containing the protected health information (PHI) of 7,605 members to one unauthorized recipient. The recipient notified Independent Health of the error within an hour of receiving the email on March 19, 2019. We promptly sought, and received, confirmation the email was deleted from the recipient’s inbox.

April 25, 2019:
This year’s Kids Run to feature families, fitness and fun!
The Independent Health Foundation invites all Western New Yorkers to register for this year’s Kids Run, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 1, in Delaware Park. The 31st annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. In addition, a diaper derby will be held for all babies who crawl.

April 22, 2019:
10th Health & Wellness Challenge to kick off on April 29
The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge is set to kick off for the 10th time! The entire community is encouraged to celebrate the milestone by participating in this fun and engaging program, which will take place from April 29 through June 9. Participants will be eligible to win a variety of prizes by moving more, eating better and drinking water.

March 5, 2019:
Reddy BikeShare in Partnership with Independent Health to Launch in City of Niagara Falls in 2019
Bikesharing will become available to Niagara Falls residents and visitors later this year. Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, will continue to be operated by non-profit Shared Mobility Inc., but with additional support from the City of Niagara Falls. Bringing Reddy bikes to Niagara Falls is part of the city’s ongoing plans to encourage bicycling and to make the area more bike-friendly.

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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