Spring 2021 Insight Employer Newsletter


HSA blocks

3 ways employers can save with a Health Savings Account (HSA)

As a way to help their employees pay for qualified medical expenses, employers that offer a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) may be able to combine it with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Approximately 29 million Americans have an HSA, and balances of these accounts total more than $73.5 billion, according to the 2020 Midyear Devenir HSA Research Report.

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COBRA subsidy

What you need to know about the COBRA subsidy provision under the ARPA

On March 11, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package aimed to alleviate the financial burden from COVID on middle income families and provide funding for public health efforts.

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Man stressed out

Creating a culture that supports the mental health of your employees

By George Burnett, M.D., Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Independent Health

For more than 70 years, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. Mental health issues continue to be a growing concern for employers and their employees, both personally and professionally. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year, but only 40% seek the necessary help.

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Reddy Bikes

Reddy Bikeshare: A healthy and fun way to explore the Buffalo-Niagara region

As a way to encourage exercise, recreation and green transportation, Independent Health and Shared Mobility, Inc. have once again teamed up to launch the sixth season of the popular Reddy Bikeshare program. Nearly 400 GPS-enabled Reddy bikes are currently available for short-term rent at 90 stations throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

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Now that the weather is turning for the better, it’s the perfect time to hop on a Reddy bike. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up – Download the Social Bicycles (SoBi) app on your mobile device or on the web and select your ride pass to get started. Ensure that your phone’s GPS is enabled to find bikes available nearby.
  2. Reserve a bike – Use the app to reserve a bike or simply walk up to it and enter your account number on the bike’s keypad. When prompted, enter your 4-digit PIN to release the lock and start your ride. Remember to ride safely and obey all traffic laws.
  3. Enjoy your time – You can make multiple stops during your ride without a parking fee. Press the “HOLD” button and lock the bike to a rack. Just enter your 4-digit PIN to unlock and continue riding.
  4. Lock – When you reach your destination, lock the bike and check the keypad to ensure your trip has ended.

Reddy Bikeshare is coming off its most successful year to date as more people signed up to ride a Reddy bike in 2020 than in the previous four seasons combined. Since 2016, members have ridden a staggering 282,882 pedal-powered miles – which is a distance farther than that of the moon – and burned a collective 11.4 million calories.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reddy Bike’s Fleet Team has increased bike cleaning and sanitation procedures. Plus, Independent Health members are eligible for a 20 percent discount off an annual Reddy Bikeshare membership. To learn how to register for a membership, as well as view prices and a map of bike stations, visit reddybikeshare.com

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Insight Newsletter Archive: Spring 2021, Winter 2021, Fall 2020, Summer 2020

Your employees can
earn a reward
by “going green”

Beginning mid-May, Independent Health will be rolling out a 90-day incentive program to your employees who are Independent Health members. We are excited to reward our members for “going green” by choosing paperless delivery for their Explanation of Benefits (EOB). To receive a reward, members will have to create a secure account either through the MyIH mobile app or on our website, if they don’t have an account already. To learn more about this incentive program, please contact your account manager.



Reminder about free virtual health and wellness classes

Independent Health would like to remind you that your employees can take part in free health and wellness classes through our Health Hub. This is yet another way we are helping our community stay active, connected and healthy during these challenging times. We recently emailed a schedule of upcoming classes to our commercial plan members. Registration is not required for any of the classes.