Teen Battle Chef at Neighborhood Care!

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem to cheer on the talented teen chefs as they compete and show off their culinary talents. The Teen Battle Chef program teaches students to cook with fresh ingredients for better health, and aims to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. The event is free,…

Bladder Control

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…

Improving Value-Based Care in New York

“The Journey from Volume to Value” panel brought together prominent health care leaders to discuss the unique value-based care challenges in the New York market, as well as the catalysts needed for change on a national and local level. Bunny Ellerin, Co-founder and President, NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL), gave opening remarks and thanked Oliver…

On Health Care

How New York Is Adapting to Changes in the Health Care System

A Recap of City & State’s Annual ‘On Health Care’ Conference

On May 19, City & State held its annual “On Health Care” conference, bringing together experts from health care businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and academic institutions to examine and discuss the current health care ecosystem in New York. Noting that it can…

Thrive NYC

Today I Thrive

One in five New Yorkers are affected by mental illness each year. For Mental Health Month, learn about ThriveNYC, an initiative by First Lady Chirlane McCray that’s expanding access to resources and support across the city. ThriveNYC is empowering New Yorkers to have an open conversation about mental health. To learn more, watch the nine…

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…

Healthy Eating

The Importance of Healthy Eating

By Dr. Sunny Vikrum Malhotra, Cardiologist, AdvantageCare Physicians

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and causes a significant burden on our health care system. There is mounting evidence that shows the benefits of lowering bad cholesterol in controlling diabetes and improving life expectancy. One of the best ways we can…

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Meet Unique Needs of Women

By Cindy Goff, VP, Policy, EmblemHealth

When Congress crafted the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they carefully considered how some of the unique health care needs of women could be better met under a reformed insurance system. Before the ACA, things like gender-rating and lack of maternity coverage in the individual market made health care insurance…


Planning for a Baby? How Nutrition Affects Your Pregnancy

By Kate Harris, Director of Integrated Nutrition, RDN, CDN, CDE, CPT, AdvantageCare Physicians

When planning for a new addition to your family, a prenatal vitamin with Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) —an omega-3 fatty acid — helps ensure you have an optimal amount of nutrients stored in your body at the time of conception and throughout your…

Breast Reconstruction

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…

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Five Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist

Open and clear communication with your gynecologist can help you both make smart decisions about your health. In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we asked AdvantageCare Physicians Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Melinda Huang, FACOG, five questions you may feel too embarrassed or shy to ask. Asking your doctor questions will help you…

" Nurses are at the heart of health care, working tirelessly to save lives, provide comfort to both patients and their loved ones, and facilitate the delivery of care. In recognition of National Nurses Week, please join me in thanking each and every nurse for their dedication, passion and commitment to the health and well-being of our community. "Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth

Thank You Nurses

EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians are proud to celebrate all active and retired nurses during National Nurses Week — May 6 to 12. Their significant contributions to the health care industry and delivery of high-quality care are just two reasons why they are true differentiators in patient experience. In the above video, Christine Torre, VP Nursing,…

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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…


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

Recipe: Healthy Tacos

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…

underage drinking

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…