Spring 2017 Insight Employer Newsletter

Welcome to Insight

At Independent Health, we want to make sure employers are well-informed so that they can keep their employees and their business healthy. That’s why we’re pleased to relaunch our Insight employer e-newsletter. Through this quarterly newsletter, we will be able to provide you with timely information related to your health plan offerings, as well as update you on some of the ways we’re helping your employees take charge of their health and make sure they're getting the most value for their health care dollar. We hope you enjoy Insight!

Telemedicine: Quick relief for your employees

Whenever your employees have a question or concern pertaining to their health and their primary care physician is not available, Independent Health has them covered with Teladoc®. This telemedicine benefit allows your employees to connect with a doctor anywhere by phone, mobile app or online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a low copay.

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How to manage and save on health care costs

Since the average American family spends $4,342* annually on health care, consumers need to be more involved in the management and cost of their health care than ever before. Independent Health has information on its website that can help your employees get the most out of their health care dollar.

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New federal rules about employer wellness programs

In May 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules* that clarify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs offered by employers that request health information from employees and their spouses.

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Reddy Bikeshare returns to Buffalo

As a way to encourage exercise, recreation and green transportation, Independent Health, in partnership with Shared Mobility, Inc., has launched the second season of the Reddy Bikeshare program.

There are 200 bicycles now available for short-term use at more than 35 Reddy Bikeshare rental stations throughout Buffalo, including Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Canalside, City Hall and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. These bikes have built-in GPS systems that track mileage, calories burned and ride durations.

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The Health  Wellness Challenge is back!

Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have kicked off a sixth round of the Health & Wellness Challenge. Now through June 4, all Western New Yorkers will be able to take part in the six-week Challenge, which incorporates daily goals and challenges to help improve one’s overall well-being. Participants may be eligible to win great prizes, including a trip to South Beach to see the Bills play Miami this upcoming season. Make sure you let your employees know about this spring’s Health & Wellness Challenge!

Eat Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, now through October 3, dozens of food trucks from Buffalo, Rochester and beyond will come together for Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. Independent Health and Larkin Square are once again collaborating with participating food trucks to help them offer menu items that meet the healthy criteria identified by the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program.