Winter 2019 Insight Employer Newsletter

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Addressing health care challenges takes a multipronged, collaborative approach

by Michael W. Cropp, President and CEO, Independent Health

We’re in the midst of significant health care challenges no generation has encountered before. U.S. health care spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. The cost of care for a typical American family of four covered by an employer-sponsored health plan in 2018 was $28,166 according to the Milliman Medical Index. If the cost of health care continues to grow at the historical 6 percent growth rate, that number will increase to $47,500 by the year 2025 (which would be well over half of an average American family’s annual income).

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New services now offered as part of our telemedicine benefit

As part of Independent Health’s efforts to help make health care as accessible as possible, we offer a telemedicine benefit provided through Teladoc®. Whenever your employees can’t reach their primary care physician, Teladoc can put them in touch by phone with a U.S. board-certified doctor to discuss a variety of common medical issues, such as:

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A Health Savings Account (HSA) might be the right fit for you and your employees

More than ever before, employers are putting their employees in greater control of their own health care decisions by offering high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 43.7% of persons under age 65 with private health insurance were enrolled in an HDHP in 2017 – and increase of 18.4% from 2010.

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We’re helping your employees stay healthy and active this winter

When your employees are more engaged in their health care, they’re more likely to take the necessary steps to be healthy and stay healthy. That’s why Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are proud to partner with local organizations to offer programs and activities that are helping Western New Yorkers take charge of their health this winter.

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Insight Newsletter Archive: Winter 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2019

Expanding our
provider network

Independent Health is committed to serving its members, no matter where they live, work or travel. We are excited to announce that more than 400 providers recently joined our participating provider network, as part of Independent Health’s long-standing relationship with UPMC Hamot Hospital. The addition of these physicians and providers expands access to quality care for Independent Health members who use services in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

Independent Health unveils a new blog

Independent Health is excited to announce that we’ve launched a new blog called “A Healthy Vision.” This is yet another way we can provide you and your employees with updates and information on a variety of topics, including Independent Health’s benefits, initiatives and community partnerships as well as articles about the ever-changing health care landscape. To keep up-to-date on the latest news and articles posted in A Healthy Vision, bookmark the page at