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….

EmblemHealth Delivers Flu Shots to NY

By Victor Sone, Manager, Corporate Pharmacy Program, EmblemHealth

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the influenza virus causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths every season. It’s so important to get vaccinated in order to prevent…

Play It Safe This Holiday Season

By Dr. Jack Skowron, AdvantageCare Physicians

This winter season, I encourage you to practice good holiday safety to ensure you and your family, remain safe and injury free. While holiday lights look beautiful, they can be dangerous and start fires if not properly installed. Make sure to take a look…

Exercise to Stay Smart

There are many benefits to incorporating an exercise program into your daily routine. From lowering your chance of heart disease to reducing your risk of high blood pressure, exercise has proven to have a positive impact on one’s health. But here’s another benefit that maybe you didn’t think of: brain function. Right now students at…

Health Care Leaders Discuss Delivery in NY

Health plans, physicians, hospitals and other practitioners are part of a fundamental shift in the delivery of health care to a system that is more efficient and innovative. EmblemHealth’s market leadership in value based health care was recently recognized at the Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Government Leadership Forum. The conversation focused on the…

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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…

Winter Heart Health Tips

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, AdvantageCare Physicians

Aside from the brain, the heart is the hardest-working organ in the body and will function well only if taken care of. Cardiovascular disease ranks as the number one killer, but making…

A Mission to Prevent Diabetes

By Patricia Kidd, Diabetes Prevention Specialist, EmblemHealth

In keeping with its mission to improve the overall health in the communities that it serves, EmblemHealth launched the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AHIP in July 2013. Conveniently held at…

Safety Tips to Prevent Falling

Falling is no laughing matter. It can lead to broken bones and a long healing process. Since 2012, falling has been the leading cause of injury-related death for people over age 65. To prevent a fall from happening to you or someone you know, share these safety tips: Wear shoes that fit properly and have…

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…

Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

by Dr. Julie Patel-Pannullo, AdvantageCare Physicians

Now that we’ve survived our Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends, many of us still feel as stuffed as the turkeys we devoured. That’s because holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year, according…

Be In The Know: NYC Restaurants to Display Salt Warning

Starting December 1, 2015, New York City restaurant chains with 15 or more locations are required to display a small salt shaker warning symbol (see right) if a menu item has more than the daily recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams — about 1 teaspoon — of salt. According to the NYC Health Department, “The average…

World AIDS Day #WAD2015

Today, EmblemHealth commemorates World AIDS Day #WAD2015 and encourages everyone to learn about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day #WAD2015 is The Time to Act Is Now. According to the U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy, “This year, we will celebrate the tremendous progress made to expand access to…

The Gifts of Family Caregiving

In this last video from the series, “You Are Not Alone,’ EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson explains how you can use your caregiver expertise to plan ahead for your own future caregiving needs. To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative…

Say Thanks

A recent article from TIME Magazine reported that being thankful can positively affect your health. It states that gratitude is good for your heart and helps prevent depression, stress and anxiety. Reporter Alexandra Sifferlin writes, “In an April study of 186 men and women with heart damage, researchers rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. They found that…

Happy Thanksgiving

Today, we give thanks for family, friends and the everyday moments that become lifelong memories.

National Family Health History Day

As your family gathers this Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to start learning about your family’s health history. Since 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day — a day to raise awareness and encourage families across the country to collect their family health history to predict risk for illness….

Grief

EmblemHealth’s Greg Johnson discusses the various  resources available to help you with the grief of losing someone you are caring for. This is the seventh video from the series, “You Are Not Alone.” To learn more about EmblemHealth’s Caregiving initiative, see a related article, “Silent Patients” and watch the previous episodes in the series,“You Are…

A Healthy Thanksgiving

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with healthy recipes! According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. To avoid overindulging, try to reduce the amount of calories and fat in your appetizers, deserts and main meals by substituting ingredients with healthier…