Winter 2021 Insight Employer Newsletter

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Employers can play an important role in promoting diabetes prevention

By Deirdre Wheat, M.D., Medical Director, Quality, Disease & Case Management, Independent Health

Diabetes continues to be one of the country’s fastest growing and most expensive chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 34 million adults are currently living with type 2 diabetes in the United States, while approximately 88 million have prediabetes.

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We want to make it easier for your employees to take charge of their health

At Independent Health, we understand that a healthy workforce is a happy, productive workforce. That’s why we have a long history of working with employers to create healthier workplaces throughout Western New York.

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Why your employees should register for an online member account

In order to ensure that your employees get the most out of their health care coverage, we ask that you encourage them to create an online member account.

Having their own private and secure account allows your employees to have all of their plan information in one convenient place. In addition, they have 24/7 access to a variety of online tools and resources that can help them take charge of their overall health and well-being.

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Our online Health Hub to host free virtual classes for all members

During these challenging and uncertain times, Independent Health wants to make sure your employees are taking charge of their health and well-being while staying safe at home. That’s why we have started to offer free virtual health and wellness-related classes to all of our commercial plan members.

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New video focuses on COVID-19 testing

As a community, we are all feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since many people seem to have questions about COVID-19 testing, Independent Health recently produced a short video to help our members understand the types of tests that are available and when they should get tested. The video explains the differences between diagnostic and antibody tests and what members should do once they have their test results. In addition, our website has a special COVID-19 section that includes important and timely information about testing, vaccines, coverage for treatment and other related topics.

Reminder about our Community Report

Throughout our 40-year history, Independent Health has long had a clear sense of priorities for our community. The obstacles presented over the past year haven’t changed our mission but have only brought it into sharper focus. Our 2020 Report to the Community – Health and Hope Grow Here – highlights the power of collaboration and community as we help people get and stay healthy. Read our Community Report.