Need to Visit a Specialist?

Know Where to Begin If you need to see a specialist, contact your primary care physician (PCP). You may need a referral to receive coverage for medical services. Primary care physicians (PCP) refer patients to specialists they know and trust. In most cases, your primary care physician (PCP) may refer you to another doctor in…

EmblemHealth’s 24-Hour Nurse Line

While you could spend hours researching health conditions online, the information that’s right for you should come directly from a health care professional. Through EmblemHealth’s 24-Hour Nurse Line, members can speak with an experienced, licensed nurse anytime. Call 1-877-444-7988 for confidential, one-on-one health counseling and accurate information to help you make informed health care decisions.

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Dr. Gary Goldstein Honored for Serving Community

Recently, Gary Goldstein, Director, Dental Program, and Doctor of Dental Surgery, in Albany, N.Y., was inducted as a fellow into the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Every year, the Pierre Fauchard Academy selects dentists Involved in community service from around the world to join as active fellows. These dentists have contributed to the art and science of…

Access Your Plan Info Online

Get free, secure, easy access to your plan information whenever and wherever you need it! Register or sign in to emblemhealth.com. Download our free mobile apps: myEmblemHealth Check your claims, copay and benefits information. Find a doctor. Change your primary care physician (PCP). Access your member ID card. View your payments and pay your premium….

Appoint a Representative to Manage Your Health Plan

Choose someone you trust to help access or manage your health plan; just complete the Authorization to Use and Disclose Protected Health Information Form. You can choose to have a representative (e.g., spouse, family member, caregiver) speak with us on your behalf. Just complete the form and renew it every year; just complete the form…

Recipe: Oatmeal and Flax Seed Blueberry Muffin

We’re celebrating National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11 with a recipe that includes the power of oatmeal and flax seed to curb bad (LDL) cholesterol. Tools you’ll need 16-cup large muffin pan One large bowl One small bowl One whisk A food processor One grater Ingredients 1 2/3 cups quick-cooking oats ⅔ cup all-purpose…

Sun Safety Tips

Protect yourself and your family this summer What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. It happens when damage to skin cells occurs, most often by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. While skin cancer is a very real threat, it’s the easiest cancer to treat,…

Five Easy Ways to Pay Your Monthly Premium

If you have an EmblemHealth premium, the amount you pay for your insurance every month, your payment is due the first of the month. Here are five ways you can pay your premium: Automatic deductions from your Social Security benefit check. Direct payment through your bank account. Visit emblemhealth.com, sign in to myEmblemHealth and click…

Save Money with your Pharmacy Benefits

Learn more about Part D prescription drug coverage at emblemhealth.com/pharmacy-medicare. If you’re an EmblemHealth Medicare member, search for medicines on your plan’s formulary. This is a list of covered drugs: Ask your doctor to prescribe a generic or low cost drug. Tiers 1 and 2 drugs have lower copays, the fixed amount that you pay…

Don’t Forget Your Annual Checkup!

If you’re an EmblemHealth Medicare member, your  annual visit is covered with a $0 copay, the fixed amount that you pay for services, every 12 months. Regular preventive visits with your primary care physician (PCP) can help keep you healthy. Talk to your physician about tests, screening and vaccines you may need. For more information,…

June is Men’s Health Month

Make Your Health a Priority Men: It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle. To get started, take these three steps: Visit your primary care physician (PCP) for regular checkups. Checkups help identify issues early, before they become a problem. If you choose an AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) doctor, you can schedule an appointment at acpny.com or…

3 Easy Recipes for Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month—a great time to add some summer produce to your diet! Berry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup of orange juice 1 cup of raspberries 1 1/2 cup of loosely packed spinach 2 tablespoons of agave syrup Directions Pour 1 cup of orange juice into blender Add the raspberries Add…

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…

Recipe: Bananutty Quinoa Bowl

By Nicolas Gomes, Assistant Actuary at EmblemHealth This quinoa bowl is healthy, easy and great for breakfast! Meet quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” it cooks and tastes like a grain, but is gluten-free. It’s a member of the same food family as spinach, Swiss chard and beets. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, easy to prepare and versatile. Ingredients…

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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.

Karen Ignagni Receives Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award

EmblemHealth President & CEO Karen Ignagni received the 2017 Healthcare Leadership Award at the 2nd Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards for New York on May 22 held at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. The ceremony, which honors innovators who have improved the quality of affordable healthcare in the community, was hosted by Heritage…

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…