Summer 2019 Insight Employer Newsletter


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Independent Health is addressing rising pharmacy costs in a variety of ways

Prescription drugs represent an increasingly larger portion of the nation’s overall health spending, which affects employers’ ability to offer affordable employee benefits. The drivers of this unsustainable trend are numerous and complex. At Independent Health, we have taken a multi-pronged approach to ensure our members and providers have access to the most clinically-effective prescription medications at the most cost-effective price.

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Smartphone mobile apps can lead to smarter health decisions for your employees

Independent Health works closely with employer groups throughout Western New York to design, implement and maintain worksite wellness programs that improve the health, morale and productivity of their employees. While encouraging a culture of health during the workday is a key component of any employee wellness program, it’s also imperative that prevention and wellness activities extend beyond the workplace, too.

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Our Case Managers can provide one-on-one specialty care and support

At Independent Health, we’re dedicated to finding ways to help your employees live healthier lives. Our Case Management team of experienced and highly-trained nurses and other care specialists – including behavioral health, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and certified diabetes educators – partner with our members and their providers to make sure they’re getting the care they need.

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Your employees can save money through exclusive member discounts

Did you know an Independent Health member ID card does more than show proof of insurance? We partner with close to 800 community partners, local organizations and health care providers to offer valuable discounts for our members on a wide range of valuable goods and health and wellness services. By simply showing their ID card, your employees can start saving—some discounts offer a savings of 30% or more!

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Insight Newsletter Archive: Summer 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018

Improving the health of WNY through community initiatives

Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are proud to partner with organizations throughout Western New York to bring your employees healthy ways to enjoy the warmer weather. Encourage them to workout outside with Fitness in the Parks, rent a kayak at Buffalo RiverWorks, explore the city with Reddy Bikeshare and Slow Roll Buffalo, sample Healthy Options during Food Truck Tuesdays and travel the Independent Health Wellness Trail by bike at Outer Harbor Buffalo. Find a full list of happenings by clicking here.

Have employees who will be retiring soon?
We’re here to help!

When considering retirement, people often feel overwhelmed with information and choices when it comes to Medicare. At Independent Health, we understand that it may seem complicated. That’s why our RedShirtsSM are here to make Medicare easier for Western New Yorkers. If you have employees who are retiring soon, encourage them to stop by one of our conveniently located Medicare Information Centers to learn more about their Medicare plan options. Or, if you prefer, our RedShirts can come to your workplace and deliver a presentation to your employees about the basics of Medicare (i.e., eligibility, timing, applying, coverage and costs, etc.). Simply contact your account manager to let us know if you’re interested in this option.