Summer 2022 Insight Employer Newsletter

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Why a health savings account (HSA) can be an appealing benefit to younger employees

By James Kress, Manager-Account Management, Large Group Sales, Independent Health

With employee resignations and job openings currently at levels not seen for more than 20 years, employers are struggling to find ways to attract and retain high-skilled workers. In order to survive and thrive during the Great Resignation, it has become more imperative than ever for companies and businesses to provide a wide range of employee benefits.

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Offering ways your employees can save during these challenging economic times

With essential goods like food and transportation costs at all-time highs, many households are struggling to make ends meet these days. Since everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollar, Independent Health want to remind you that we offer a variety of benefits, tools and resources to help our members save on their health and wellness costs.

Here are just four examples of ways your employees may be able to save some money with us:

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Independent Health and ECMC work together to develop innovative transition of care models

Independent Health has a long history of working with physicians and hospitals to improve our members’ experience and health outcomes, while also lowering trends that deliver more affordable care. Since October 2021, we have partnered with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) to develop a pair of innovative care programs for chronically ill members who have been discharged from an inpatient hospital stay, as well as members who have been discharged from emergency treatment for a psychiatric or substance use disorder.

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Helping your employees stay fit and active this summer through community partnerships

Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are excited to work with partners throughout Western New York to help our community get healthy, stay active and have fun in the sun. The following activities, programs and events are just some of the ways we're working to improve the health and well-being of our community – not just our members:

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Our comprehensive pharmacy strategy delivers quality & value

Addressing the complex drivers of health care costs takes collaborative approaches with providers. As Western New York’s only locally-based health plan, Independent Health works in partnership with physicians and providers to implement solutions to deliver quality and value in pharmacy benefits. Our long-standing relationships with providers enable us to work closely with them to influence change and help them deliver quality, cost-effective drug management. To learn more, visit our A Healthy Vision” Blog.

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.