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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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