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…

National Institute of Health Funds Autism Research

The National Human Genome Research Institute — a division of the National Institutes of Health — has awarded the New York Genome Center (NYGC) $40 million to create a genome-sequencing program that will study genetic links in common diseases with a strong focus on autism. NYGC will work with family-based groups that include both diagnosed…

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….

Motivating Youth: The Armory Track & Field Foundation

By Rita Finkel, Chief Operating Officer, Armory Foundation

The Armory Track & Field Foundation, a NYC nonprofit and home to the premier indoor track and field center in America, is committed to our community. We serve our youth by promoting excellence and fitness through a broad range of athletic, educational and community programs, made possible…

EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson in Real Simple Magazine

In a recent article from Real Simple magazine, EmblemHealth’s Gregory Johnson, senior advisor for family caregiving, was interviewed for some caregiving tips. He suggests a simple thank you is one of the best things you can do. “Caregivers regularly burst into tears when I thank them for what they’re doing—because it’s the first time anyone…

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…

Event! 2016 EmblemHealth Hispanic Games

Join EmblemHealth at the 2016 Hispanic Games, located at the Armory Track in Washington Heights, Manhattan. This event is free and open to the public. The EmblemHealth Hispanic Games is an annual two-day track meet hosted by the Armory in conjunction with local schools across the New York metropolitan area. Approximately 10,000 student-athletes attend and participate in various track and field competitions. EmblemHealth will be onsite to provide educational resources…

New Year, New You

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

If you’ve resolved to lose weight this year, here’s how to do it safely and successfully. Do you know which New Year’s resolution is among the most popular year after year? If you said, “I’m going to lose weight,” you’re absolutely right….

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…

Skip the Don’ts and Enjoy the Do’s

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmers Markets

Happy New Year from all of us at Harvest Home Farmer’s Market! In 2015, with support from EmblemHealth, Harvest Home provided more than 8,000 samples of tasty recipes prepared with more than 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables at five markets in New York City….

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

2016 is just days away, and a great time to start thinking about healthy New Year’s resolutions. Simple and achievable goals can be highly effective and will keep you motivated throughout the year. Here are a few tips to help you get started towards a new, healthier you! Make an appointment for your annual well…

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…

Developing Healthy Habits That Last a Lifetime

By Deborah Antoine, President and CEO, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL)

Our partnership with EmblemHealth speaks volumes about the value of “experiential” learning. Since the development of the Healthy Living program, a program that teaches students how to make smart nutritional choices in a…

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…