Start your 2017 Independence Blue Cross health plan

Take advantage of your new health benefits, as well as your member discounts! Here are three steps for getting started with your 2017 Independence health plan.

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The Key to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions? Start Small.

A new year brings another chance to hit the reset button. When you’re making your own resolutions, think about the small steps you can take to help you keep them.

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Are you eating too much sodium?

Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium. Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Janelle Eligon-Ketchum explains how to pay better attention to the foods you’re eating.

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Are you eating too much sodium?
Blue Crew
Independence Blue Crew volunteers at Share Food Program. Showing love to the community is a vital part of who I am. I often say that service is in my DNA. As a kid from the neighborhood in West Philadelphia, I learned to show love to my community through service. Volunteering to do something good for someone other than yourself was a life lesson that I have carried with me since then….
treadmill run
Let’s face it: running on the treadmill can be b-o-r-i-n-g! Whether you run religiously on the treadmill or use it as a place to store laundry, you may find that a good distraction is all you need to pick up the pace (or unbury your machine and get moving). Since I’m starting my training for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run,…
mental well-being
You run three times a week. Do resistance training twice a week. Floss regularly. And watch what you eat. You’re probably in pretty good health then, right? Not necessarily. When’s the last time you checked in on your mental well-being? You could be in peak physical shape but if your mental health is out of balance,…
philadelphia volunteer
Hundreds of local students received new backpacks filled with school supplies, thanks to Barbara Smith (pictured) and the other Blue Crew volunteers who participated in the United Way 2016 Backpack-A-Thon at Lincoln Financial Field. Barbara Smith, Executive assistant, Corporate Legal Administration Years on the Blue Crew Advisory Board: 4 If there’s one reason Barbara loves volunteering,…
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We’ve all heard the saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” One way to increase your health care savings is by using a health savings account (HSA) to put money aside tax-free to pay for certain medical expenses.

What is an HSA?

An HSA is a type of savings account that lets you put money aside tax-free to pay for qualified out-of-pocket health care expenses — like copays and deductibles for doctor visits and prescription drugs….

Health and Growth in Philadelphia

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Each morning that I commute into Philadelphia via the Platt Bridge, I am greeted by a stellar skyline view. It’s a visual reminder that this city is doing well for itself. There are 25 high-rises currently under construction throughout the downtown area, not to mention the many smaller builds and renovations that are kicking up dust….
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world cancer day - preventive medicine
February 4 is World Cancer Day! It was established at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on February 4, 2000. The aim of World Cancer Day is to promote research for curing and preventing cancer and mobilize the global community to talk about cancer prevention. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about the importance of preventive medicine and cancer prevention….
clio health award
The Live Fearless ad campaign is charging forward with its message of optimism and empowerment, this time winning a Clio Health award for its Fearless Nation video series! Live Fearless is the most successful campaign in Blue Cross Blue Shield Association* history, and another example of the power of collaboration between the Blues….
Jefferson innovation parternship
Philly’s NextFab makerspace used the Independence Blue Cross logo for a 3-D printing demo during a recent Jefferson Health Speakers Series at our Center for Health Care Innovation. Philadelphia is widely recognized as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Jefferson Health — two organizations with long-standing traditions of leading change in our region — have forged a strategic relationship to reinvent health care access and delivery by helping to create solutions to some of the industry’s biggest challenges….
IBX innovation director Michelle Histand walks workshop challenge participants through the process of putting people first when they’re problem-solving. Cross your arms. Now try crossing them the opposite way. Feels strange, doesn’t it? Try it a few more times, and it won’t feel as strange. To be innovative, you have to practice getting comfortable doing uncomfortable things….