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Investing in City Workers’ Wellness

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GEORGE BABITSCH,                                                                                                Senior Vice President, Account Management, EmblemHealth

For millions of employees and workers who serve our communities, neighborhoods and city on a daily basis, wellness and health benefits have never been more important. Wellness programs empower employees to take control over their physical and mental health, improving their lives both at work and at home. These programs can also support greater job satisfaction and have even been shown to increase employee engagement.

EmblemHealth’s commitment to deliver the best care to New York City’s workers and their families is at the core of our reimagined HMO Preferred Plan for City of New York employees. The HMO Preferred Plan offers access to top-tier hospitals, a network of over 100,000 doctors, and a personalized, comprehensive wellness program.

As a part of this plan, City of New York employees have access to a dedicated health coach, who works with them directly to set clear goals and track progress along the way. Health coaches establish regular check-ins to help members make positive changes to their lifestyle habits, providing advice on topics such as nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Working with a health coach is a critical step to help prevent serious health complications before they occur. EmblemHealth’s HMO Preferred Plan also includes a healthy living questionnaire that identifies potential risks factors for chronic conditions, and tailors specific programs to the member’s health needs. Whether it’s asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, EmblemHealth’s comprehensive care management programs make it easier for workers to manage their health conditions on a daily basis.

The road to better health should also be rewarding. That’s why we offer wellness rewards, including the chance for members to win a $500 gift card every month for simple actions like getting their flu shot or increasing their daily step count. By incentivizing employees to make positive changes, our wellness program makes it possible for City of New York employees to incorporate healthy routines into their daily schedules.

For more than 80 years, EmblemHealth has worked to make quality health benefits accessible and affordable to all New Yorkers. Now more than ever, we believe that investing in wellness programs can create better outcomes for the communities we serve.

The Fall Transfer Period for City of New York employees runs from November 1st to November 29th for coverage starting January 1st, 2020. To learn more about what makes our HMO plan different, visit emblemhealth.com/hmo.

1. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: 
https://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2013/10000/Improving_Employee_Productivity_Through_Improved.3.aspx
 
Underwritten by HIP, an EmblemHealth company. See form 155-23-LGTIERCERT et al.