Why You Should Donate Blood

Donating blood is a great way to pay it forward: a single donation can save up to three lives.  Check out this infographic on how to prepare for blood donation, and why it matters. Donate blood today at a New York Blood Center location near you.

How Running Can Improve Your Health

Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 7 It’s a love-hate relationship with many, but after just a few weeks of consistent running, you’ll feel happier, stronger and more energetic. Sometimes, getting up and out the door is the toughest hurdle, but there are numerous ways to begin; mostly it depends on your current fitness level, age, gender and history of…

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Infographic: Four Simple Ways to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Are you ready for summer? Longer days, warmer weather and outdoor activities make for a fun-filled season. Part of staying healthy in the upcoming months is protecting yourself from the harmful effects of too much sun. Check out the following infographic to learn how to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Infographic: ALS Awareness Month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder that progressively affects the function of nerves and muscles. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge inspired millions of people to dump gallons of water on their heads in support of a cure, and ALS Awareness Month is the perfect time to support and…

Emergency Room vs Urgent Care: What Are Your Options?

Your primary care physician has full knowledge of your total health and is your best option for personalized care.  It’s important to know where to get the best treatment for your health when your primary care physician is not available. 24-Hour Nurse Line:  EmblemHealth members can speak with an experienced, licensed nurse anytime to access support…

Infographic: Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month and it’s an opportunity to get involved with the autism community. Read and share this infographic to encourage friends and family to join the movement towards acceptance and appreciation.

Improving the Quality of Your Sleep

National Public Health Week April 3 – 9 It’s Not Only about Enough Sleep, But Quality Sleep Do you try to go to bed at 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. to ensure you get your recommended hours of sleep? Even with eight hours of sleep, do you wake up feeling well rested…

What Is a Health Home?

A Health Home is an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit that coordinates care for people with Medicaid who have chronic conditions. Health Home providers operate under a “whole-person” philosophy that integrates and coordinates all primary, acute, behavioral health and long-term services and supports to treat the whole person. This is done primarily through a “care…

NYC Encourages New Yorkers to Drink Tap Water

The New York City Department of Health used little New Yorkers in its most recent video ad campaign, “Drink NYC Tap Water,” to encourage people to drink more water and less sugar-based drinks. NYC Health states that today, Americans consume approximately 300 more calories a day than they did 30 years ago. And, nearly half…

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EmblemHealth Pharmacies Provide One-Stop-Shop Experience

Did you know that EmblemHealth has its own branded pharmacy locations? EmblemHealth Pharmacies have been serving New York City and Long Island communities for more than 50 years. While EmblemHealth owns the pharmacies, they are not restricted to members and are open to the public. Most major insurance plans, as well as union and government…

Why You Need to Drink Water

In this educational TED-Ed video, Mia Nacamulli, TED educator, details the necessary role water plays in the human body and how much H20 we actually need to stay healthy. According to recent studies, the amount of water the human body needs varies between gender, weight, environment and activity levels. On average, women need between 2…

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Do You Have Bladder Control Issues?

Bringing up urinary incontinence, even with your doctor, is enough to make anyone squirm. But without treatment, you could suffer rashes, sores and urinary tract infections. So ask for your doctor’s help. Urinary incontinence may be caused by medication side effects, weak or overactive muscles, nerve damage from some chronic conditions or an enlarged prostate…

Keep Your Treatment Team on the Same Page

You may see both medical and behavioral health doctors for separate conditions that may impact each other, especially if you are taking multiple medications. Health plans and doctors need to work together to get a full understanding of your health so you can get the best results. That’s why it’s important for all your doctors…

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Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery Benefits

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires health plans to cover breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. All health plans also have to provide plan participants with a notice of this coverage each year. We understand there are many important decisions to consider before undergoing reconstructive breast surgery. That’s why we want to…

A Health Home Could Be Right for You

Staying on top of all your health care needs can be hard. The good news is that there’s help. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) offers the Medicaid Health Home program to assist you in staying healthy. You don’t have to change your health care plan or your doctors. And your Medicaid benefits…

How Stress Damages Your Body

In this educational TED-Ed video, Sharon Horesh Bergquist shows us how chronic stress can essentially damage every part of the human body. To counter the daily stressors we feel every day, it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that helps clear the mind and improves the body’s immune system. Some basic stress reducers — regular…

Medicare Wellness Reminder

Four Things to Remember

Regular checkups are important at all ages. It’s the best way to get the health care advice and services you may need. Visit your doctor once a year for a wellness visit. It should include…

TED-Ed on How Stress Changes the Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to positive or negative life situations. It isn’t abnormal for stress to occur; however, the way it’s dealt with is important to personal health. It’s important to counter stress by adopting a healthy lifestyle to help clear the mind and improve the…

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Follow the Script

It’s important to take your medicine as directed by your doctor so you don’t become sicker or end up in the hospital. If you find yourself missing doses or not taking your medicine at all, you are not alone. Some of the most common reasons for not taking medicine are: Not filling or refilling a…

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Preventive Care Checklist

Are You Getting All Needed Preventive Care?

Regular checkups are important at all ages. It’s the best way to get the health care advice and services you may need. If you’re only going to the doctor when you are sick, there…

Leaving the Hospital?

Before leaving the hospital, your nurse will prepare discharge instructions explaining the steps you need to take when you get home. This will include a list of all the medications you have been prescribed. They will also include instructions about your follow-up care and any scheduled doctor appointments with your primary care physician (PCP) or specialists. They may…

Put Your Wishes Into Words

Accidents and illnesses aren’t age dependent. People of all ages should make their medical wishes known with an advance directive, a legal document that provides directions for your family and caregivers if you are unable to express your wishes for medical or end-of-life care…

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Your Treatment Options

Your primary care physician (PCP) has full knowledge of your total health and is your best care option. Know where to get the best treatment for your health and wellness needs when your PCP is not available.

Urgent Care Center (UCC) — Get care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses like minor fractures, allergic reactions, flus and infections, especially after hours or…

One Is Silver and the Other’s Gold

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum no longer just refer to precious metals. They also refer to your health plan. As you start shopping, you’ll notice that plan names will be named Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum. But unlike the metal, this ranking doesn’t reflect superiority, the types of…

What a Virtual Office Visit Means for You

The need for instant communication between providers and patients is growing in today’s health economy. Telehealth — the use of electronics to deliver health care services — is becoming increasingly popular for non-urgent medical care. Telehealth includes patient assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and/or self-management. Effective January 1, 2016, private insurers are required…

Preventive Care for New Moms

Just last month, New York became the first state to allow women to enroll in a health plan at any time during their pregnancy. This unprecedented access to health insurance not only allows women to have coverage at any time, but also allows them preventive care. Preventive care is the best way to stay healthy….

Medicare: Annual Wellness Exam Checklist

Your primary care doctor (PCP) is your partner for good health. It’s important to visit your doctor once a year for a yearly checkup and to build a good relationship. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this checkup, as long as you see your PCP. Remember to discuss your blood pressure and weight with your…

Health Insurance Special Circumstances

Everyone’s life is unique and sometimes important life changes can change your health coverage needs. You may be eligible to apply for a new health plan, or change the coverage you already purchased on the NY State of Health marketplace if (or when) you experience one of the following events: Loss of minimum essential health…

Don’t Get Stuck With the Penalty

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open Enrollment season is in full swing and more people than ever are getting the health insurance they need. Over one million people already enrolled in a 2016 health plan during the first two weeks of Open Enrollment, yet there are still more that…

Get Smart about Antibiotics

Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. They should only be used to fight bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics incorrectly can actually strengthen bacteria, making them less effective. Patients need to use antibiotics sensibly. Avoid asking for antibiotics for illnesses caused by…

Ready to Enroll? Here’s How

If you are enrolling in a health plan on the exchange marketplace, you’ll need to go to nystateofhealth.ny.gov site to enroll. You will need to have certain information with you. Before applying, gather these items for each member of your household who needs health care coverage: Social Security numbers or document numbers for legal immigrants….

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Health Insurance Benefits

Health insurance not only helps you get healthy when you’re sick, it also helps you to stay healthy by providing preventive care like regular check-ups and screenings. All of the plans on the NY State of Health marketplace offer quality coverage for 10 essential health benefit categories, including doctor visits, hospitalization and prescription drugs. When you sign up, you’ll get coverage for…

Health Insurance Affordability

Many New Yorkers and their families may qualify for financial help when buying a plan on the NY State of Health marketplace. In 2016, you may be eligible for tax credits to help you with monthly premium costs depending on your income and family size. Family Size Pre-tax Annual Household Income Up To: 1 $47,080…

Do You Know Your Health Plan Better Than the Average New Yorker?

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment is underway and more individuals and families are purchasing insurance than ever before. But enrolling in a health plan doesn’t necessarily translate to knowing how to use it. If you find your health insurance complicated and the terminology overwhelming you’re not alone: a recent study found…

Affordability, Benefits, Choice

By Richard Densing, Vice President, Government Programs & Individual Sales EmblemHealth

November 1, 2015, marks the third open enrollment season for New York and my second with EmblemHealth. I’m proud to continue EmblemHealth’s mission of providing access to quality, affordable health care to the people of New York…

Understand Your Health

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people with limited health literacy skills have a higher association with poor health, more likely to have chronic conditions and are less likely to manage them effectively. The ability to understand, process and obtain health information needed to make health related decisions is known as health literacy…

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Health Plan

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment starts November 1 — will you be ready to shop for and purchase health insurance? There are many plan options being offered and the challenge comes in knowing what to look for to find the plan that is right for you. The 5 main areas to consider in your health plan selection are…

Consumers’ Needs and Wants in the Digital Age

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment is right around the corner and individuals are prepared to shop. While many consumers have already bought plans, 33 million Americans remain uninsured. The uninsured may be waiting in the wings because the process of purchasing health insurance is complex and information is all too often unclear. However, today’s consumers are savvy…