The Telemedicine Trend: Bringing Health Care Home

Could telemedicine change your approach to healthcare?
It’s 11 p.m., and you are woken by the sound of crying. A peek into your son’s bedroom confirms your fears: he’s sitting up in bead, holding his…

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2016 United Way Campaign Inspires Us to Give For a Better Community

September is a special time at Independence Blue Cross – it marks our annual two-week campaign for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. This is a time when our associates co…

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10 Ways to “Get Unstuck” and Face Your Fears

Ready to get unstuck?
Have you ever felt like you’re living in the film Groundhog Day, with one day just running on repeat? At some point, we’ve all felt like we’re getting nowhere. It’s usually a si…

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Special Enrollment Period (SEP): Your top questions answered

Open enrollment comes every fall, but you could lose coverage, add a new member to your family, or move at any time of year. What happens then? Read on for some answers about applying for health insurance outside of the open enrollment period.

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Independence Volunteers Open a New Chapter at the Sheppard School

I grew up in Philly and was educated in the Philadelphia public school system, from pre-K all the way up through graduating from Mastbaum High School (Go Panthers!). I have great memories of classes, teachers, field trips, and lifelong friendships — so saying “Yes” when I had the chance to help at Sheppard Elementary was a no-brainer.

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If you were covered by a PPO plan in the past and switched to an HMO plan, you may have some questions about how an HMO works. Don’t worry — it’s easier than you think.

What is an HMO Plan?

HMO stands for health maintenance organization. An HMO is a type of health plan that requires you to select a family doctor,…
How many calories should I eat?
From the time you learned the definition of a calorie, you probably also heard that adults need 2,000 of them per day. But how could that be true, considering how different we all are? Some of us train for triathlons, burning a lot of calories, while some of us would rather pass the time watching a Chopped marathon….
What don’t you do from your smartphone these days? Read the news, check your favorite social media sites, share pics, text your kids…and that’s before you tackle more serious things like logging in to your bank account and paying your bills. 

The IBX app makes insurance easier

Life is easier when most of your errands can be completed from one place….
Spring is the season of cherry blossoms, warm evening strolls, and new romance. They say it’s also the most popular time of year to buy a house and move. If you’re in the market for a house, you’re probably knee-deep in listings and phone calls from realtors. Between showing your house, bidding on another, settlement, packing and unpacking… moving can be stressful….
Finding out that you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting moments of your life… before it sends you into a decision-making tailspin. When should you go public? Gender-neutral nursery color scheme or princess pink? Should you even find out the gender? And what the heck makes a crib mattress “organic” anyway? However, there’s one decision that you have to put first: Where to get maternity care and deliver your baby….
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run (#BCBSR16) is on Sunday, May 1st and we’re inviting you to a behind-the-scenes look at the race activities. You’ll also get a chance to share your favorite #FearlessFit moments from the race for a chance to win one of ten $50 Visa gift cards awarded weekly and a $500 Visa gift card grand prize….
If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know there’s no cure or magic pill — and depending on what you’re allergic to, your allergies can be a year-round problem. But, did you also know that if you don’t take care of your allergy symptoms, they can develop into more serious health problems including sinusitis,…

Broad Street Beats 2016

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Broad Street Beats 2016
Sometimes you just aren’t having a great run. You’re dragging your feet, cursing every step and wondering why you run in the first place. When that happens, the right beat, anthem, or lyrics to your favorite song can inspire you, energize you, and motivate you to push through that hump and finish out strong. We reached out to the Blue Streaks,…
How many steps did you take today? With increasing evidence that sitting may be as dangerous for our health as smoking, I’m conscious about adding more steps to my day whenever I can, especially at lunchtime. Every spring I look forward to National Walk @ Lunch Day, which is Wednesday, April 27 this year. It’s just one of many activities Independence Blue Cross sponsors that encourages our community to embrace a healthy,…
5 Questions about Kid-Friendly Meals, Diet & Nutrition
In theory, feeding kids a healthy diet should be easy. In theory, all it takes is three wholesome meals and two equally wholesome snacks a day. But then there’s reality…and between theory and reality is a gap. In that gap live the things that often get in the way of making sure your kids are eating healthy….