women's health week

The Power of Women

By Jay Sheehy, Senior Vice President, Product Innovation, EmblemHealth

National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, should be celebrated all year long as females play the most integral role in the health care system. The purpose of NWHW is to empower women to make their personal health a priority, and…

Happy Mother’s Day

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ― Unknown

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Four Trends From the 2016 d.health Summit

Aging in the Age of Disruption

On May 4, EmblemHealth CEO Karen Ignagni participated in a panel discussion on the changing landscape of health insurance at the second annual d.health Summit. Hosted at the New York Academy of Science, this year’s summit brought together health care leaders, policymakers and startups to examine technology-enabled solutions and…

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E-Cigs Banned for Minors

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) issued new regulations that ban the sale of e-cigarettes cigars and hookahs to minors. According to a recent article by The New York Times, “The move was applauded by public health experts who said the industry needed oversight and who had been waiting nearly…

Healthy Taco Recipe

Healthy Taco Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a healthy taco recipe that uses tofu as a protein! If you’re unable to eat soy, feel free to swap out the tofu for a lean protein like boneless skinless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets. Tofu is a healthy substitute for meat, containing 8 grams of protein for every 3.5 ounces — it is low-calorie and fills you up. Studies show that 25 grams of soy protein…

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Underage Drinking and Alcohol Dependency

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Underage drinking is a serious nationwide problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that alcohol is a factor in the deaths of more than 4,000 young people, under age 21 each year. In addition, on a yearly average, more than 180,000 young people are…

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…

National Urban Health Conference

Join EmblemHealth on Friday, April 29, 2016, for a free National Urban Health Conference panel discussion, “The Affordable Care Act and Beyond.” What: Conference Kickoff Breakfast & Panel Discussions, Panel I: Affordable Health Care Act 2016 & Beyond, Panel II: Hospice & Palliative Care Panel…

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Healthy Vanilla Latte Recipe

Rev up for the week with a homemade vanilla latte that swaps out processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. Recent studies show that moderate coffee consumption can protect against type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and lower rates of depression among women…

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…

Pet Safety Awareness With Emblem the Wellness Dog

Say “Hello” to Emblem the Wellness Dog, our company mascot! He is here to help you stay healthy, get well and live better by offering tips, resources and support (and unconditional cuteness). He loves having fun and helping his friends achieve their nutrition, fitness and wellness goals. For Pet Safety Awareness Month, Emblem is sharing…

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What Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking — when women consume more than four drinks in two to three hours, and men consume more than five — has immediate effects that increase the risk of developing long-term chronic diseases. Studies show that binge drinking has been associated with heart disease, cancers, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence. According to the Centers…

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…

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Health Care’s Future: 2016 HPM Conference

On Friday, April 15, 2016, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health brought together health care leaders, faculty, students and alumni to discuss the current landscape and the future of health care policy and management at its 2016 HPM Healthcare Conference. Michael Sparer, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, kicked…

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Celebrate Earth Day in New York

In 1970, 20 million Americans across the country gathered for the first Earth Day. Now 46 years later, it’s one of the largest civic observances in the world. Every April 22, people organize walks, events and volunteer opportunities to raise global awareness and motivate others to take action toward environmental change. The creation of the…

Volunteering — Helping Myself While Helping Others

By Diane Petchesky-Buffolino, Senior Communications Specialist, EmblemHealth

National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 10 through April 16, 2016, is conceived to honor people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. “Celebrate Service” is the theme and presents “an opportunity for individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities alike to…

Care in Crown Heights

On April 20, 2016, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care (EHNC) will open its doors to the entire community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn! Scroll through the photos above to see the new space. Health care can be confusing, and at times you may need to sit and chat with a real person, ask questions and get reliable information,…

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Let’s Talk: STD Awareness

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Many Americans are hesitant to discuss sexual health issues and diseases. As health professionals, we are responsible for making patients and members comfortable talking about their sexual activity. We must also give them the information they need about the risks, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)…

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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Modern Healthcare Interviews Karen Ignagni

Karen Ignagni, EmblemHealth President and CEO, recently sat down with Modern Healthcare to discuss the future of Emblem’s value-based payment agreements, the upcoming industry changes in employer-coverage plans and how the company works collaboratively with one of the largest physician-led multispecialty practices in New York, AdvantageCare Physicians. “This plan has a storied past, a 75-year…