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Napierala Named VP of Medicare and Individual Market Sales

August 8, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Andrew Napierala has been hired as Vice President of Medicare and Individual Market Sales for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.  His oversight will include field sales, telesales, retail sites, and broker operations for these lines of...

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Excellus BCBS named to the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion®

July 20, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to be named to the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion after receiving a top score of 100 percent on the 2022 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a national benchmarking survey by Disability:IN and the...

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Excellus BCBS announces new CNY Regional Advisory Board members

July 19, 2022 | Syracuse, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has named Jeremy Klemanski, John M. Marraffa, Jr., and William J. Simmons, Esq., to its Central New York Regional Advisory Board. “As a local health plan, our mission is to help people in our communities live healthier and...

Central New York

Excellus BCBS names Dajia Richardson as Rochester region community investments and partnerships manager

July 19, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently named Dajia Richardson as community investments and partnerships manager for the company's Rochester region. Her responsibilities in this role include overseeing strategic investments with the goal of improving...

Rochester

Uncomfortable topics: Promoting open dialogue between patient and provider

July 1, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield regularly conducts health outcome surveys of a random sampling of its Medicare members to learn about their relationship with their health care providers and the conversations they have (or don’t have) about topics...

Corporate

Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives

June 8, 2022 | Rochester, NY

In New York state, 20 percent of individuals who are eligible for cervical cancer screening are not following the screening guidelines, despite the evidence that screening saves lives.   A review of data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield found that...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS Provides 65 Community Health Awards to Area Nonprofits

May 23, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today that it is awarding a total of 65 community health awards to nonprofit organizations across upstate New York. The community health award funding will support innovative programs and solutions to advance...

Corporate

Medication Adherance - Importance of taking medication as directed

April 21, 2022

The World Health Organization says that getting more patients to take their medications as directed, known as medication adherence, may have a greater impact on the health of the population than any improvement in specific medical treatments. But,...

Corporate

Lives are saved through organ donation – register today

March 25, 2022 | Syracuse, NY

More than 8,500 New York state residents are waiting for an organ transplant that can save their life, according to a review of state data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Unfortunately, time will run out for around 500 of them, as that is the average...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS Partnering with Civica to Increase Access to Affordable Insulin

Civica to manufacture and distribute three insulins for $30 or less per vial

March 3, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Today, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and other Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies joined Civica’s initiative to manufacture and distribute affordable insulins that, once approved, will be...

Corporate

Too many people skip colon cancer screening

February 25, 2022

Colorectal cancer is among the leading causes of cancer deaths in New York state, but roughly one third of adults who should be checked for the disease have not been screened. An Excellus BlueCross BlueShield review of 2020 health data found that 71.5...

Corporate

One third of adults are prediabetic and most don’t know it

February 21, 2022 | Rochester, NY

One in three adults in the U.S. – or about 88 million Americans – has prediabetes, yet more than 80 percent of them don’t know it, according to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield review of current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Excellus BCBS Awards Hospitals $30 Million for Quality Improvements

February 14, 2022 | Syracuse, NY

Thirty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers earned a combined $30 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield last year as part of the nonprofit health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Since...

Central New York

Excellus BCBS Awards Hospitals $30 Million for Quality Improvements

February 14, 2022 | Elmira, NY

Thirty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers earned a combined $30 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield last year as part of the nonprofit health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Since...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS Awards Hospitals $30 Million for Quality Improvements

February 14, 2022 | Rochester, NY

Thirty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers earned a combined $30 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield last year as part of the nonprofit health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Since...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS Awards Hospitals $30 Million for Quality Improvements

February 14, 2022 | Utica, NY

Thirty-one upstate New York hospitals and health centers earned a combined $30 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield last year as part of the nonprofit health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Since...

Utica

Can you get the care you need outside of the ED?

January 19, 2022 | Rochester, NY

There are millions of visits to hospital emergency departments (ED) in New York state each year that don’t result in a hospital stay, according to New York State Department of Health data. And while some conditions require emergency care, many are...

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The Silent Pandemic: COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health

November 29, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Forty-one percent of adults report struggling with mental health or substance use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from 20 percent pre-COVID. Nearly one in three adults now report having symptoms of anxiety or...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS has raised its minimum wage to $18 an hour

November 22, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has raised the minimum wage for all employees at its company to $18 an hour. Previously, the minimum wage was $15 an hour. “I’m excited to share that our organization has a new $18 an hour minimum wage,” said Jim Reed, CEO...

Corporate

Q&A on Medicare Basics with Ryan Dolan, Excellus BCBS Medicare Field Sales Manager

November 18, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Are you newly Medicare eligible (turning 65), planning to retire soon, or have you had Medicare for years and wonder if you’re in the right plan? Regardless, Medicare can be confusing.  Ryan Dolan, Medicare Field Sales Manager at Excellus...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS appoints Gina Cuyler, MD as Vice President Health Equity and Community Investments

November 16, 2021 | Rochester, NY

In keeping with its mission to ensure access to high quality health care and reduce health disparities, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced that Gina Cuyler, MD. has joined the health plan as Vice President Health Equity and Community Investments. ...

Rochester

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards

November 9, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today the recipients of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that address racial and ethnic...

Central New York

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards

November 9, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today the recipients of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that address racial and ethnic...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards

November 9, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today the recipients of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that address racial and ethnic...

Rochester

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards

November 9, 2021 | Utica, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today the recipients of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that address racial and ethnic...

Utica

Untreated oral disease impacts quality of life for adults and kids

November 3, 2021

Thirty percent of upstate New York adults did not visit a dentist within the past year, according to the results of a survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. And that’s troubling because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield appoints Brenda Rigas General Counsel and Senior Vice President

October 28, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Brenda Rigas has been appointed as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Over the past 14 years, Rigas has been the primary legal support for compliance and regulatory affairs at the organization and has managed...

Corporate

Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS

October 14, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

A NEW zero-premium option, $40 Part B monthly refunds, savings on select insulin, and a meal delivery service are among the 2022 benefit highlights for Medicare Advantage Plans from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. And that’s in addition to longtime...

Central New York

Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS

October 14, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Lower premiums for many plans and reduced PCP/specialist copays across most plans, an eyewear allowance on all plans, savings on select insulin on most plans, and preventive dental now included on $0 Premium Medicare Blue Choice Select (HMO) Plan are...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS achieves 5-star rating for two of its Medicare plans: among the highest in the nation and upstate New York

October 8, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022 has awarded Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 5-star ratings for two of its Medicare plans, making it among the highest rated Medicare plans in the nation and in upstate New...

Central New York

Excellus BCBS achieves 5-star rating for two of its Medicare plans: among the highest in the nation and upstate New York

October 8, 2021 | Rochester, NY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022 has awarded Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 5-star ratings for two of its Medicare plans, making it among the highest rated Medicare plans in the nation and in upstate New...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS achieves 5-star rating for two of its Medicare plans: among the highest in the nation and upstate New York

October 8, 2021 | Elmira, NY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022 has awarded Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 5-star ratings for two of its Medicare plans, making it among the highest rated Medicare plans in the nation and in upstate New...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS Medicare plans among the highest in the nation and the only 5-star HMO plan in the greater Rochester area

October 8, 2021 | Rochester, NY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022 has awarded Excellus BlueCross BlueShield a 5-star rating, making it among the highest rated Medicare plans in the nation and in upstate New York. Ratings are based on...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS achieves 5-star rating for two of its Medicare plans: among the highest in the nation and upstate New York

October 8, 2021 | Utica, NY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Star Ratings for 2022 has awarded Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 5-star ratings for two of its Medicare plans, making it among the highest rated Medicare plans in the nation and in upstate New...

Utica

The value of the flu vaccine and other lessons from flu seasons past

September 28, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Flu activity was unusually low throughout the 2020-2021 flu season both in the United States and globally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the reason is not a surprise. The safety protocols implemented to protect...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS addresses health disparities in upstate New York with new Health Equity Awards

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply beginning August 17

August 17, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Recognizing structural racism as a driving force of health inequities and a barrier to its goal of health equity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofit organizations to apply for Health Equity Awards of up to $30,000 each to help fund health...

Central New York

Excellus BCBS addresses health disparities in upstate New York with new Health Equity Awards

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply beginning August 17

August 17, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Recognizing structural racism as a driving force of health inequities and a barrier to its goal of health equity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofit organizations to apply for Health Equity Awards of up to $30,000 each to help fund health...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS addresses health disparities in upstate New York with new Health Equity Awards

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply beginning August 17

August 17, 2021 | Elmira, NY

Recognizing structural racism as a driving force of health inequities and a barrier to its goal of health equity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofit organizations to apply for Health Equity Awards of up to $30,000 each to help fund health...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS addresses health disparities in upstate New York with new Health Equity Awards

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply beginning August 17

August 17, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Recognizing structural racism as a driving force of health inequities and a barrier to its goal of health equity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofit organizations to apply for Health Equity Awards of up to $30,000 each to help fund health...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS addresses health disparities in upstate New York with new Health Equity Awards

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply beginning August 17

August 17, 2021 | Utica, NY

Recognizing structural racism as a driving force of health inequities and a barrier to its goal of health equity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield invites nonprofit organizations to apply for Health Equity Awards of up to $30,000 each to help fund health...

Utica

Falling doesn’t have to be part of aging

August 3, 2021 | Rochester, NY

More than one in four older adults in the U.S. report falling each year, according to the CDC, which translates to about 36 million falls. One out of five of those falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury, and that can have a...

Corporate

Falling doesn’t have to be part of aging

August 3, 2021 | Rochester, NY

More than one in four older adults in the U.S. report falling each year, according to the CDC, which translates to about 36 million falls. One out of five of those falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury, and that can have a...

Rochester

The winter blues are real, and COVID may make it worse

February 9, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Some people love the cold weather months. They eagerly bundle up for a brisk walk, they hit the ski slopes, they huddle by a window to watch the snowflakes float to the ground. But for other people, this is a dreary time of year filled with feelings of...

Central New York

The winter blues are real, and COVID may make it worse

February 9, 2021 | Rochestery, NY

Some people love the cold weather months. They eagerly bundle up for a brisk walk, they hit the ski slopes, they huddle by a window to watch the snowflakes float to the ground. But for other people, this is a dreary time of year filled with feelings of...

Corporate

The winter blues are real, and COVID may make it worse

February 9, 2021 | Elmira, NY

Some people love the cold weather months. They eagerly bundle up for a brisk walk, they hit the ski slopes, they huddle by a window to watch the snowflakes float to the ground. But for other people, this is a dreary time of year filled with feelings of...

CNY Southern Tier

The winter blues are real, and COVID may make it worse

February 9, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Some people love the cold weather months. They eagerly bundle up for a brisk walk, they hit the ski slopes, they huddle by a window to watch the snowflakes float to the ground. But for other people, this is a dreary time of year filled with feelings of...

Rochester

The winter blues are real, and COVID may make it worse

February 9, 2021 | Utica, NY

Some people love the cold weather months. They eagerly bundle up for a brisk walk, they hit the ski slopes, they huddle by a window to watch the snowflakes float to the ground. But for other people, this is a dreary time of year filled with feelings of...

Utica

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofit organizations in the Central New York region are invited to apply for grants

February 1, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants of up to $5,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in the region. The application period opens on...

Central New York

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for grants

February 1, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants totaling $150,000 to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York. The application period opens on Monday, February 1 and...

Corporate

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofit organizations in the Southern Tier region are invited to apply for grants

February 1, 2021 | Elmira, NY

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $150,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York. The...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofit organizations in the Rochester region are invited to apply for grants

February 1, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants totaling $150,000 to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York. The application period opens on Monday, February 1 and...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS accepting Community Health Award applications beginning February 1st

Nonprofits in the Mohawk Valley/North Country region are invited to apply for grants

February 1, 2021 | Utica, NY

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants of up to $5,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in the region. The application period opens on...

Utica

Flu virus playbook as template for addressing COVID-19

Flu vaccine plus COVID safety protocols equals less flu

January 21, 2021 | Syracuse, NY

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contributing factors include a closer match between the genetic make-up of this...

Central New York

Flu virus playbook as template for addressing COVID-19

Flu vaccine plus COVID safety protocols equals less flu

January 21, 2021 | Rochester, NY

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contributing factors include a closer match between the genetic make-up of this...

Corporate

Flu virus playbook as template for addressing COVID-19

Flu vaccine plus COVID safety protocols equals less flu

January 21, 2021 | Elmira, NY

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contributing factors include a closer match between the genetic make-up of this...

CNY Southern Tier

Flu virus playbook as template for addressing COVID-19

Flu vaccine plus COVID safety protocols equals less flu

January 21, 2021 | Rochester, NY

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contributing factors include a closer match between the genetic make-up of this...

Rochester

Flu virus playbook as template for addressing COVID-19

Flu vaccine plus COVID safety protocols equals less flu

January 21, 2021 | Utica, NY

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year, according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contributing factors include a closer match between the genetic make-up of this...

Utica

Parents of newborns get help through new nurse telehealth program

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, United Way of Greater Rochester, Rochester Regional Health/GRIPA, Jordan Health/FLIPA, University of Rochester Medical Center/AHP, and primary care practices partner to deliver post-partum follow up care for families

January 19, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Caring for a newborn is a lot of work, especially when many new mothers are being discharged earlier from the hospital and may go home to fewer supports and resources because of the pandemic.  Many families find they can use some help after the...

Rochester

Telehealth now mainstream as insurers and state expand access to care

January 12, 2021 | Rochester, NY

Comprehensive telehealth legislation was an area of focus in New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 11th State of the State Address. “The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the inequities in our healthcare system and showed that telehealth is a critical tool...

Corporate

Local nonprofits receive Community Health Awards from Excellus BCBS to provide access to food, health care and help

December 20, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Ten nonprofit Rochester area organizations are receiving Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Community Health Awards to help provide people with better access to food, health care, and assistance.  Each of the organizations will receive up to $4,000...

Rochester

Early retirees and uninsured individuals have new choices for affordable health and dental insurance coverage

November 17, 2020 | Rochester, NY

To help people who may be retired but too young for Medicare or who may have lost their coverage due to employment changes, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is introducing two new health insurance plans and two new dental insurance plans for 2021. The...

Corporate

Teens who vape are at greater risk for COVID-19

October 28, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Young people who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than those who did not use e-cigarettes, according to a study of young people who were tested for the virus, published in The Journal of Adolescent Health in August...

Rochester

Excellus BCBS provides funding to Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations as part of COVID-19 response

October 22, 2020 | Elmira, NY

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield is providing $50,000 in financial support to domestic violence prevention organizations across upstate New York as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plan has committed to spending more than $162...

CNY Southern Tier

Excellus BCBS provides funding to Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations as part of COVID-19 response

October 22, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield is providing $50,000 in financial support to domestic violence prevention organizations across upstate New York as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plan has committed to spending more than $162...

Rochester

New Excellus BCBS programs to help protect members against rising costs of diabetic medications

October 20, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is introducing three new programs to reduce the cost of diabetic medications for members in 2021. One in ten adults has diabetes and the cost of medications such as insulin continues to dramatically increase. More than $1...

Rochester

Federal government recognizes Excellus BCBS for high quality Medicare Advantage plans

October 8, 2020 | Rochester, NY

The federal government’s latest quality ratings have awarded the Medicare Advantage programs from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield with some of the highest ratings in the state. Medicare awarded Excellus BCBS with 4.5 stars out of a possible 5-star rating...

Corporate

Federal government recognizes Excellus BCBS for high quality Medicare Advantage plans

October 8, 2020 | Rochester, NY

The federal government’s latest quality ratings have awarded the Medicare Advantage programs from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield with some of the highest ratings in the state. Medicare awarded Excellus BCBS with 4.5 stars out of a possible 5-star rating...

Rochester

COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms

Protect yourself and others: follow COVID-19 safety protocols and get your flu vaccine

September 14, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Knowing the difference between influenza (the flu) and COVID-19 may be hard for an individual who isn’t feeling well since the illnesses share many symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “Connect with...

Corporate

COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms

Protect yourself and others: Follow COVID-19 safety protocols and get your flu vaccine

September 14, 2020 | Utica, NY

Knowing the difference between influenza (the flu) and COVID-19 may be hard for an individual who isn’t feeling well since the illnesses share many symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “Connect with...

Utica

Don’t Fall for Fraudulent Schemes During Our National COVID-19 Fight (updated 8/28/20)

August 28, 2020 | Rochester, NY

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is focused on protecting its members from people who may attempt to prey upon their fears and vulnerabilities during this difficult time. Being aware of the types of scams and fraudulent activities you may encounter...

Corporate

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