Clinical quality initiatives and provider partnerships add up to lower rate adjustments
By Rich Argentieri, Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Our employer contacts may recall our recent announcement that we submitted our proposed 2022 small group premium rates to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) for approval in May. We expect to hear from the DFS of our approved rate adjustments within the next couple of weeks.
James A. Dunlop, Jr. named new chief financial officer for Independent Health
James A. Dunlop, Jr., has been appointed as executive vice president & chief financial officer for Independent Health effective July 6, 2021. In this role, Dunlop will be responsible for the financial budgets and operations of the organization including the development of the financial and operational strategy, the company’s financial assets and reporting the financial results of Independent Health and its affiliate companies.
thRed: A new plan that can make it easier for your employees to get and stay healthy
Independent Health has long set the standard for introducing new, innovative products and benefits that are first to market locally and nationally. We were the first plan in the country to offer gym memberships as part of a member’s health insurance, $0 copay for preventive services (which is now required coverage for all plans) and earning reward dollars for eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
Celebrating 10 years of Fitness in the Parks
Independent Health and the YMCA are celebrating their 10th season of offering free Fitness in the Parks outdoor and online fitness classes led by YMCA-certified instructors. From now through September 30, people of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to safely join us in person or at home to get fit, have fun and enjoy the warmer weather.
Fitness in the Park is a community-based program that was designed to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles by offering free fitness classes in unique spaces – providing easy access and opportunities for people to start or continue their health and wellness journey. Since being launched in 2012, we have helped Western New Yorkers burn 8.2 million calories.
Here’s what Fitness in the Parks participants can expect this year:
- 30 outdoor classes offered each week. You can find a class every day, except for Labor Day (September 6).
- 4 virtual classes to join from home each week. These classes can be accessed through the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Facebook page.
- 18 park locations throughout Western New York.
- 15 different class types, featuring yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, fusion, kickboxing and more.
- No registration is required. Simply show up at the outdoor class you would like to attend or join online.
For your safety, we are taking extra precautions and following New York State safety protocols for all outdoor classes to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all.
In addition, as a way to commemorate the program’s 10th anniversary, participants will also have a chance to win weekly prize packs.
To view the full schedule, park locations and class descriptions, visit our website. Day-of cancellations, due to rain or poor weather, will be listed on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Facebook page.