Do your homework before choosing a health plan
Fall is here, which means it’s the 2018 annual open enrollment period for the majority of employer groups. Health benefit decision makers will once again have to weigh the coverage and benefit needs and wishes with the realities of the organization’s budget.
Our Nation must get a grip on skyrocketing prescription costs
By Martin Burruano, R.Ph., V.P. of Pharmacy Services, Independent Health
One of the prescriptions for transforming health care in the United States is finding a cure for skyrocketing drug costs. These costs continue to increase at an alarming and unsustainable rate, driven largely by expensive specialty medications, the random repricing of generic drugs and an overall lack of transparency in pricing.
Your employees can now use Amazon Alexa to get answers about their plan
“Alexa, ask Independent Health what’s my deductible?”
“Alexa, ask Independent Health what’s my cost to see my doctor?”
“Alexa, ask Independent Health where can I go for urgent care?”
Independent Health members can now get answers to those questions*, and several more, using Amazon Alexa, a hands-free voice service, with the launch of a new skill developed by our eBusiness team.
Making worksite wellness easy and rewarding for small groups and their employees
For nearly 30 years, Independent Health has been providing large group employers throughout Western New York with the tools, resources and expertise they need to motivate their employees to take charge of their health. However, as the concept of worksite wellness has taken hold, many small group employers simply haven’t had the resources to coordinate and conduct their own worksite wellness programs. Understanding these challenges, Independent Health introduced FitWorks® Rewards in January 2016.
Exciting news for the Soccer for Success program
The Soccer for Success program in the city of Buffalo has scored a major goal as the Independent Health Foundation recently announced it has received a three-year grant totaling $650,000 from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free after-school youth development program offered by the Independent Health Foundation in collaboration with Algonquin Sports, will bring programming to nearly 1,750 children in grades K-8 throughout the City of Buffalo during the 2017-18 school year.