2014 Press Releases

Press Releases

2014


Press releases for 2014

December 16, 2014: Independent Health members rewarded for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from Tops
Independent Health members whose plans include the nutrition benefit have earned more than $400,000 in reward dollars so far this year by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at Tops Friendly Markets. Through the nutrition benefit, members receive $1 back in rewards for every $2 they spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at Tops.

December 12, 2014: New York State Extends Exchange Enrollment Deadline to December
New York State has extended the deadline for individuals to enroll for health coverage in New York State’s public exchange – New York State of Health – to December 20, 2014, for coverage beginning January 1, 2015.

December 5, 2014: Independent Health and Buffalo Niagara Partnership to Host Breakfast Forum on Making Buffalo a More Bike-Friendly City
Local business, civic and community leaders will learn more about efforts to create healthy, community-friendly transportation options for Buffalo at an Independent Health-sponsored “Conversations for a Healthier Tomorrow” breakfast forum.

December 4, 2014: Protect yourself from the flu
With the flu season now upon us, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

December 3, 2014: Celebrate the New Year at Family-Friendly First Night Buffalo
Plans are underway for this year’s ultimate drug- and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration.

December 2, 2014: Thousands take part in “The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge”
More than 2,300 individuals can give themselves a big pat on the back for completing the inaugural “Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge.” During the six-week Challenge, participants logged more than 7,700 hours of exercise, while consuming nearly 80,000 servings of fruits and vegetables and drinking 133,750 glasses of water.

November 21, 2014: Independent Health Foundation and Teladoc join efforts to provide medical relief for all Western New Yorkers during winter storm emergency
In response to the unprecedented winter storm affecting parts of Western New York, Independent Health Foundation and Teladoc announced they will offer free consultations with Teladoc’s network of physicians to Western New Yorkers who are unable to reach their primary care physicians.

November 6, 2014: Soccer for Success program awarded additional funding from the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The Independent Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Buffalo Soccer Club and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, is pleased to announce that its Soccer for Success program has been awarded $250,000 through a Social Innovation Fund Sub-Grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

October 3, 2014: Good for the Neighborhood Fall events to feature hay rides along with healthy activities for all ages
In celebration of the fall season, free horse-drawn hay rides will be offered at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood programs throughout October.

September 23, 2014: Independent Health now offers Child Health Plus in Niagara County
The New York State Department of Financial Services has approved Independent Health’s application to offer Child Health Plus in Niagara County beginning Oct. 1.

September 23, 2014: Independent Health, Buffalo Bills Announce Health & Wellness Challenge
The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health today announced "The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge," a newly-created, community-wide health and wellness initiative.

September 18, 2014: Independent Health ranked among the highest-rated health plans in the nation by NCQA
For the 10th consecutive year, Independent Health Association is one of the highest-ranked health insurance plans in the nation for its Private (Commercial) line of business, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014-2015.

July 22, 2014: School supply giveaway set for Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood events
Free school supplies will be available at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood programs in August.

June 23, 2014: Independent Health Recognized as a ‘Top Workplace’ in WNY
The Top Workplaces program, in its first year, recognizes the best places to work in the Buffalo metro area as determined by employee feedback through a survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics, LLP. Independent Health is ranked third among the five businesses selected as finalists in the large company category and also received a special award for excellent benefits.

June 3, 2014: Independent Health and Buffalo Bills announce exciting new partnership
The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health are teaming up to better the health and well-being of the Western New York community. Today’s announcement launches a long-term partnership between the organizations, centered on a community-wide fitness and nutrition initiative to encourage healthy living.

May 20, 2014: Independent Health forms strategic alliance with CDPHP
CDPHP and Independent Health, two health plans nationally recognized for customer service, provider partnerships and innovative approaches to improving community health, today announced a strategic alliance to explore opportunities to enhance their efforts to further transform health care in their respective communities, while remaining independent.

May 13, 2014: The Independent Health Foundation’s Kids Run celebrates 26 years of healthy activity for the whole family
In keeping with its mission to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, the Independent Health Foundation is encouraging children and families to register for this year’s 26th Annual Kids Run.

May 7, 2014: Independent Health honored as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York
Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State for the seventh consecutive year.

May 1, 2014: March of Dimes awards grant to the Independent Health Foundation to help improve the health of mothers and babies in WNY
The March of Dimes New York State Chapter has awarded a $43,174 grant to the Independent Health Foundation to support its new Baby & Me: Tobacco Free program, which has been created to help alleviate the burden of tobacco use for the pregnant and post-partum population in Western New York.

Apr 25, 2014: Good for the Neighborhood® events to offer resources to help community ‘Be Active’
With a theme of “Be Active,” many tools and resources focused on promoting healthy, active lifestyles will be available at the upcoming Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood® programs.

Mar 28, 2014: Independent Health Foundation, Susan G. Komen to host free educational dinners for women
The Independent Health Foundation and Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen invite women to “make their pink promise” and learn about the importance of finding breast cancer early.

Mar 13, 2014: Independent Health recognized as American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
Independent Health has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for embracing the health and wellness of employees.

Mar 3, 2014: Good for the Neighborhood® events to offer resources to help community ‘Eat Right’
With a theme of “Eat Right,” many tools and resources focused on promoting better nutrition will be available at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood® programs offered at two sites this month.

Mar 3, 2014: Independent Health recognized as a J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion
Independent Health has been recognized as a J.D. Power 2014 Customer Champion for delivering excellence in customer service.

Feb 12, 2014: Independent Health Presents Second Annual Explore Together Event at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Independent Health will present its second annual Explore Together event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Jan 13, 2014: Independent Health among Best Companies to Work for in New York State for seventh consecutive year
Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State.