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AUG 9, 2022

GObike, Independent Health distribute 70 new helmets, tickets to SkyRide to Buffalo String Works and West Buffalo Charter School students. 

Adjacent to the beautiful cycle track on Niagara Street with its users passing every few minutes, seventy children gathered outside of Buffalo String Works where their teachers, Independent Health, and GObike staff distributed brand new bike helmets right out of their packaging.

AUG 2, 2022

Reddy Bikeshare, in Partnership with Independent Health, Grows Beyond 100 stations

The Reddy Bikeshare Team and Independent Health are proud to announce that 13 new stations are being installed this season. That addition pushes the self-service network to a new milestone of over 100 stations across Western New York.

AUG 3, 2022

Yogathon to raise awareness for suicide prevention and funds to benefit mental health programs

Beginner and experienced yogis alike are welcome to receive the mental and physical health benefits of yoga at the 2nd annual Yogathon for Suicide Awareness & Prevention presented by Independent Health and Power Yoga Buffalo.  This Yogathon will raise awareness of suicide prevention and funds to benefit mental health programs at Mental Health Advocates of WNY on Sunday, September 18 from 9am – 1pm (class from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm) at 500 Seneca St. in Buffalo.

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MAY 25, 2022

Independent Health Invites Donations of Essential Items for Tops/Jefferson Ave. Neighborhood Residents

Independent Health welcomes community members wishing to donate essential non-food items to aid the residents of the Tops Friendly Markets Jefferson Avenue neighborhood to make donations at any of the three Western New York Independent Health Medicare Information Centers beginning Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3.

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Aug 2, 2022

Yogathon to benefit mental health programs

Beginner and experienced yogis alike are welcome to receive the mental and physical health benefits of yoga at the 2nd annual Yogathon for Suicide Awareness & Prevention presented by Independent Health and Power Yoga Buffalo. This Yogathon will raise awareness of suicide prevention and funds to benefit mental health programs at Mental Health Advocates of WNY on Sunday, September 18 from 9am – 1pm (class from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm) at 500 Seneca St. in Buffalo.

Aug 2, 2022

Reddy Bikeshare Grows Beyond 100 stations

With more stations than ever before, Reddy Bikeshare invites Western New Yorkers to take on more active forms of transportation. As Reddy Bikeshare marks its seventh season, Western New Yorkers will now have more places than ever before to explore, exercise, and connect with folks using a Reddy Bike.

May 25, 2022

Independent Health Invites Donations of Essential Items for Tops/Jefferson Ave. Neighborhood Residents

Independent Health Invites Community to Donate Essential Items for Tops/Jefferson Ave. Neighborhood Residents

May 16, 2022

2022 Kids Run Back in Delaware Park

Returning to an in-person event to kick-off healthy activities all summer long, the Independent Health Foundation will again host their Kids Run at Delaware Park Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This free annual event, sponsored by Wegmans, encourages families to start the summer in a fun, healthy way with a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages.

Independent Health and its Family of Companies Honored as  Best Places to Work for in New York

Apr 21, 2022

Independent Health and its Family of Companies Honored as Best Places to Work for in New York

Apr 20, 2022

Health & Wellness Challenge is back!

The 15th round of the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge is set to kick off on April 25 and run through June 5. Since 2014, Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills have teamed up to offer the Health & Wellness Challenge as a way to incentivize Western New Yorkers to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Apr 5, 2022

Reddy Bikeshare to offer upgraded bikes for 2022

Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health announced the official start of the 2022 bikesharing season today, with plans to upgrade the 400 bikes with scan-to-unlock technology. The bikes’ new hardware will improve access to the entire fleet across Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and soon will be available in 90 different locations.

Mar 4, 2022

Free health screenings, resources and fresh produce shared

Several Good for the Neighborhood events, offering free health screenings, resources and information from healthcare professionals along with fresh fruits, vegetables and family fun activities, organized by the Independent Health Foundation returns this year to in-person gatherings in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and other neighborhoods throughout Western New York

Mar 2, 2022

Partnership with United Way Buffalo & Erie County for the Giving Challenge

United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is partnering with Independent Health to create the “Change Starts Here” challenge – a 31-day contribution match program running for the entire month of March. Every donation made to the United Way in March will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000, thanks to a generous contribution from Independent Health.

Jan 20, 2022

Awarded platinum Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health

Independent Health has been awarded the 2022 platinum Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health by Mental Health America (MHA). The Bell Seal is a first-of-its-kind workplace mental health certification that recognizes employers who strive to create mentally healthy workplaces for their employees.

Jan 14, 2022

IHA awards $42,000 to 65 Western New York charities

Independent Health announced the final round of $650 recipients for its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program. Nearly 8,000 individuals submitted nominations for the program during the 2021 Medicare annual enrollment period. All randomly selected recipients operate within the eight-county Western New York region.

Jan 14, 2022

IHA awards $42,000 to 65 Western New York charities

Independent Health announced the final round of $650 recipients for its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program. Nearly 8,000 individuals submitted nominations for the program during the 2021 Medicare annual enrollment period. All randomly selected recipients operate within the eight-county Western New York region.

2021

New Care for You program provides tailored care model

Dec 13, 2021

New Care for You program provides tailored care model

Dec 8, 2021

3rd Round of Favorite Charity Awards

Independent Health announced the third round of $650 recipients of its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program. Nearly 6,000 individuals have submitted nominations for the program since it began in early October. All randomly selected recipients operate within the eight-county Western New York region.

Dec 6, 2021

First Night® Buffalo at Home

The Independent Health Foundation, in partnership with John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, today announced the full, virtual line-up of performances and activities for First Night® Buffalo at Home, which will be accessible online for free on New Year’s Eve. First Night® Family Party Packs, including everything a family of four needs to celebrate the new year at home, are now on sale at select Tops Friendly Markets, both for in-store and online purchases.

Nov 9, 2021

2nd round of Favorite Charity awards

Independent Health announced the second round of $650 recipients of its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program. More than 3,000 individuals have submitted nominations for the program since October 1. Randomly selected recipients all operate within the eight-county Western New York region.

13 awarded for “Favorite Charity” program

Oct 25, 2021

13 awarded for “Favorite Charity” program

Prescribers gain real-time benefit check

Oct 18, 2021

Prescribers gain real-time benefit check

Exciting news about 2022 Medicare Star Ratings

Oct 13, 2021

Exciting news about 2022 Medicare Star Ratings

Oct 8, 2021

Media statement regarding privacy event

As part of Independent Health’s safety and security protocols, we conduct regular extensive reviews.

Oct 5, 2021

Nominate your favorite charity to receive a donation

Independent Health seeks submissions for its “Nominate Your Favorite Charity” program, which began Oct. 1 and runs through the completion of the Medicare annual enrollment season, Dec. 7. Every two weeks, Independent Health will randomly select 13 local non-profit organizations to receive $650 each. This amounts to $42,000 for 65 non-profit charitable organizations.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period to begin Oct. 15

Oct 1, 2021

Medicare Open Enrollment Period to begin Oct. 15

Aug 13, 2021

Premium Rates Approved for 2022

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has approved Independent Health’s small group and individual plan premium rates for the 2022 plan year.

Jun 1, 2021

Recognized for Member Satisfaction

Building upon its long-standing reputation as one of the top health insurance plans for customer service and satisfaction in the nation, Independent Health has been named the second highest ranked health plan for member satisfaction in the New York region, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Commercial Member Health Plan StudySM.

May 25, 2021

Fitness in the Parks returns for the 10th season

Free yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, kickboxing and other fitness classes presented by Independent Health and the YMCA return to 18 outdoor locations throughout Western New York and online as Fitness in the Parks starts its 10th summer season on June 1.

May 24, 2021

Health Wellness Challenge

Grab your sneakers, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water because the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge is back! The latest round of the highly successful community-wide initiative will be held from May 24 through July 4.

May 20, 2021

Now Hiring 57 Full-Time Positions

Independent Health aims to fill 32 customer service representative positions and its affiliate company, Nova Healthcare Administrators, is hiring 25 care navigators, including several bilingual care navigators, in its customer service department. Independent Health and Nova are looking to fill these positions by late May or June.

Apr 2, 2021

Birthday Box donations

Tenth grade Buffalo Public School student members of the Independent Health Foundation’s Student Peer Advocate Program are seeking to support local children in need by encouraging donations to the Buffalo Birthday Box Initiative online.

Mar 15, 2021

Independent Health Giving Day for COVID-19 Relief

On Tuesday, March 16, Independent Health and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) will seek to mobilize community members for one day of giving to support UWBEC’s Join the Fight Fund. All donations made will support UWBEC’s efforts to respond, recover, reimagine and rebuild a more equitable, resilient Erie County in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 22, 2021

New Diabetes Prevention Program

As part of a key priority to address the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Western New York, Independent Health is partnering with Brook – a leading digital health platform for chronic disease management – to offer a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program called Brook+. This structured, year-long lifestyle change program is now available as a covered benefit with a $0 member cost share under all of Independent Health’s fully insured, commercial plans.

Feb 18, 2021

Matched COVID-19 Relief Contribution

This marks the second match United Way has received from a corporate partner to support their Join the Fight fund. United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) announced today a matching grant of $100,000 from Independent Health to encourage contributions from individuals and companies across Erie County to UWBEC’s Join the Fight campaign. This is the second matching grant of $100,000 UWBEC has received from a corporate partner. The first was awarded by the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation.

Feb 17, 2021

Reddy Bikeshare Reports Increase in Sign-Ups

Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health officials announced ridership results from the program’s 5th season, in which more people signed up to ride in 2020 than in the previous four seasons combined. Indicating significant growth in the popularity of biking in Western New York, sign-ups to the program increased by 222% from 2019 to 2020.

Jan 28, 2021

Health Wellness Challenge Surpasses Registrant Mark

More than 40,000 individuals have now registered for the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. This exciting milestone was reached during the 13th round of the popular community program, which ran from October 19 through November 29.

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