New Year, New Insurance?
Whether you re-enrolled in the same plan you had in 2019, switched your plan or insurance provider, or have just enrolled in health insurance for the first time, it helps to get familiar with common health insurance terms.
A Doctor’s Guide to Choosing Allergy Medicine Wisely
Spring allergies? While you might be tempted to grab the closest antihistamine medicine to reduce your symptoms, before you do, make sure the medicine won’t do more harm than good. There are different types of antihistamines, and some are better than others depending on your age, health and other medications you take. Older formulas work,...
Forget to Take Your Medicine? There’s Help!
By Jameson Reuter, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take medicine or to remember to give it to someone you’re taking care of, like a child or older adult. But, not taking medicine can be dangerous. It can lead to medical emergencies, more trips to the doctor and conditions getting worse. Don’t...
Save Money with your Pharmacy Benefits
Learn more about Part D prescription drug coverage at emblemhealth.com/pharmacy-medicare. If you’re an EmblemHealth Medicare member, search for medicines on your plan’s formulary. This is a list of covered drugs: Ask your doctor to prescribe a generic or low cost drug. Tiers 1 and 2 drugs have lower copays, the fixed amount that you pay...
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...
Follow the Script
It’s important to take your medicine as directed by your doctor so you don’t become sicker or end up in the hospital. If you find yourself missing doses or not taking your medicine at all, you are not alone. Some of the most common reasons for not taking medicine are: Not filling or refilling a...
What a Virtual Office Visit Means for You
The need for instant communication between providers and patients is growing in today’s health economy. Telehealth — the use of electronics to deliver health care services — is becoming increasingly popular for non-urgent medical care. Telehealth includes patient assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and/or self-management. Effective January 1, 2016, private insurers are required...
Medicare: Annual Wellness Exam Checklist
Your primary care doctor (PCP) is your partner for good health. It’s important to visit your doctor once a year for a yearly checkup and to build a good relationship. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this checkup, as long as you see your PCP. Remember to discuss your blood pressure and weight with your...