Fall 2018 Insight Employer Newsletter


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How we’re helping doctors improve the care your employees receive

At Independent Health, we believe that if a health plan works closely with physicians, the system works better, resulting in better care, improved patient health and lower overall costs.

As a physician-led health plan, we are working toward removing the many obstacles and demands the health care system currently places on doctors and their practices. By partnering with primary care physicians, specialists and other health care providers and making it easier for them to do what they do best, the quality of care for your employees will improve and the total cost of care will be lower.

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Key things employers should consider when selecting health care coverage

With the end of the year fast approaching, Western New York companies and businesses will soon have to choose their employees’ health insurance coverage for 2019.

Health benefit decision makers want to select a plan that best meets the needs of their organization as well as their employees. However, health insurance can be complex and complicated. Plus, one must first make sense of the options, and there are lots of them.

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Your employees can get personalized support through Brook and Zipongo®

At Independent Health, we’ve made sure our members have the tools and personalized information they need right at their fingertips that encourage and assist them in making better choices about their health behaviors. The latest additions to our suite of online health management tools are called Brook Health Companion and Zipongo®.

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This fall’s Health  Wellness Challenge set to kick off on October 22

Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills invite your employees to get up, get moving, and start living healthier by taking part in this fall’s “Health & Wellness Challenge.” The latest round of this six-week program will run from October 22 through December 2 and is once again open to the entire community.

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Independent Health rated highly by NCQA

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). To learn more, click here.

Worksite wellness program reminder

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), rewards or incentives provided to participants of a worksite wellness program may be considered taxable. This includes any cash or cash equivalents (e.g., wellness cards, gift cards and nutrition benefits) that participants received. Independent health is prepared to provide an accounting of cash and cash equivalent awards received by your employees during the 2018 calendar year so that you may consider them in satisfying any related obligations under the applicable tax rules. If you would like us to provide a report specific to your company and employees who earned an incentive from one of our wellness programs, please contact your account manager. As always, when it comes to federal rules and regulations, we encourage you to speak with your legal consultant, accountant and/or tax advisor for professional advice.