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Don’t Look Now.... But You Just May Be Exercising!

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldNovember 21, 2011
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

That’s right. You may be exercising and not even realize it. Carrying grocery bags, gardening, scrubbing the bathtub or washing and waxing a car are all forms of moderate exercise that can cause you to burn between 105 and 210 calories in a half hour.  And, your heart, bones, lungs and muscles are reaping the benefits of these activities as well.

Bus, Subway and Truck Operators… Waste Disposal Drivers and Haulers

David Klein, Partner, The Klein Law Group P.C.November 14, 2011
By David Klein

Rumbling rides along uneven streets. Lurches and jolts over potholes. The pressure of your foot pushing on the brake, hour after hour.
It all takes a toll…

If you are one of the men and women who operate buses, subways or trucks, then your job can cause you serious medical problems over time. It is possible to develop disabling conditions, even when there is no particular accident you can point to. You need to be aware of your rights on the job. Although an employer and his insurance company may try to tell you otherwise, if you develop a medical condition because of your job, you are entitled to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Union Trust Fund Administrators Seek Healthcare Solutions at Expo

Andrew Johnson and the MedReview staffNovember 8, 2011
by Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
 
About 50 providers of healthcare services and investment managers in the union trust fund industry recently exhibited at the 18th Annual Health & Benefits Expo organized by the Teamster Center Services (TCS). The exhibitors’ diversity ranged from health insurance companies to software companies that develop specific applications that help union welfare funds gain detailed insights into their members’ health issues.

Healing from Violence on the Job

Dr. Howard M. Rombom PhD, Behavioral Medicine AssociatesOctober 27, 2011
By
Dr. Howard M. Rombom, Ph.D.

Jane Doe couldn’t forget the passenger who hit her. Jane operates a New York City bus for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. One day, as Jane’s bus rolled on her regular route, a passenger asked for a transfer ticket. When Jane replied that there were no transfers on her bus line, the passenger shouted that he would punch her in the face.

How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?

Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldOctober 26, 2011
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield


We all know that physical activity is good for our head, our hearts and our love handles but more than 60% of us don’t do it enough. So how much is enough? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it is: 1) Engaging in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days each week; or 2)  Engaging in vigorous-intensity physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three or more days each week.

What You Need from Your TPA in 2011

John Thornton, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Amalgamated Family of CompaniesOctober 13, 2011
By John Thornton, Executive Vice President
Sales & Marketing Amalgamated Family of Companies

Healthcare reform legislation, heightened emphasis on protecting individuals’ sensitive data and preventing data breaches, as well as the ongoing expectation of information access on a 365/24/7 basis via the Internet have all increased business’ requirements for their third-party administrators (TPA).

Knowing what you should expect from your TPA today in terms of service flexibility, leading-edge information technologies (IT) including web-based applications, robust reporting capabilities and branding support is the first step toward receiving “Best in Class” TPA services.

Fighting Health Care Costs

Richard Winsten (left) Lisa Mast, Gregory Rucinski, Fred Hagen, Mitra Behroozi, Joseph Stamm and Neal Tepel (right)October 4, 2011
By Bendix Anderson

The cost of Healthcare is a weight on the backs of unions and working people everywhere. Here are some ideas that can make that weight easier to carry.

“The cost of health care is very, very high,” said City Council member Mathieu Eugene, one of the speakers at the LaborPress/ MedReview Conference on Health Care, held September 22 in Manhattan. “It is our responsibility to provide the highest quality care to our people.”

Join the Empire BlueCross BlueShield Health Movement

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldOctober 3, 2011
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Can you believe that seventy-five percent of adults who live in New York City don’t exercise regularly?  Yet just 30 minutes of even moderate physical activity, 4-5 days a week, can literally save your life. Once again, Empire BlueCross BlueShield is partnering with 106.7 Lite FM for the 2nd annual Empire Health Movement program, to motivate New Yorkers to improve their health and well-being.

Workplace Safety - An Issue that Sparked a Movement

Robert Grey, Grey & Grey, LLPSeptember 6, 2011
By Robert Grey

At the dawn of the U.S. labor movement in the late 19th century, workers often paid for their jobs with their lives.  

Mother Jones expressed the tumult of her time in her famous promise to “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” Many workers died because of unsafe working conditions. Others died in the struggle to improve them.

9/11 Health Fund Coverage Zone is Expanded to Canal Street

September 1, 2011

Reprint August 29, 2011 4:11pm | By Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

LOWER MANHATTAN — Thousands more Downtown residents may now receive compensation for their 9/11-related illnesses, after the federal government agreed to allow those who live as far north as Canal Street to apply.

When is it Time to Go to the Emergency Room?

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldAugust 22, 2011
By
Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield

When you jam your finger in at a Wednesday night basketball game and you’re not sure if it’s broken, what should you do? You could head to the emergency room, but urgent care centers are another option for less serious ailments like this. And, they provide quality care and will cost you a lot less.

Consider this: By going to an urgent care center, rather than the ER, you could save on out-of-pocket expenses because ER co-pays are higher than urgent care center copays.

Sun Safety Tips

Tom Canty, Vice President & General Manager for Labor, Government & Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShieldAugust 1, 2011
Tom Canty, Vice President Sales Empire BlueCross BlueShield

One of the things I enjoy most about summer is that it gets us out into the beautiful outdoors. But, while you’re out there working or playing, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States*.

Here are some simple tips for sun-safe skin:

·       Always wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15.  Broad spectrum sunscreens are best as they absorb a higher percentage of UVA and UVB sun rays.

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