Fun Activities for Kids to Banish Summer Boredom

Summer is a thrilling season for kids — for about five minutes. Despite their initial enthusiasm for unstructured play, most kids start to lose momentum fairly quickly, leaving parents scrambling for …

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Gear up to ride Indego

In case you haven’t heard, Philadelphia is the place to be in 2015. With so much to see and do, all you need is a way to get there.

Enter Indego, the city’s new bike share system! Independence Blue…

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We have some bad news. Are you sitting down?

You might want to stand up.
By now, we’ve all heard the news that sitting for long periods of time is bad for you. Maybe you’ve upped your gym time as a result. However, although exercise is benefici…

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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2014 was the first year that most Americans were required to have health insurance. Your health insurance status will have to be reported when you file your 2014 federal income taxes. If you had an exemption, you will need to return a Form 8965 when you file your taxes….

No matter your age or fitness level, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run (BCBSR) is truly a race for everyone. Every year, new runners come out for the largest ten-mile race in the country — proving that there is no set “type” for the BCBSR runner. The one thing they all have in common is…

If you made it into this year’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run (BCBSR), congrats! Now the fun begins — training! Like many of you, Independence Blue Cross (IBX) associates are starting to train for this year’s BCBSR. I recently asked them to share their stories of how they train in the winter, what keeps them…

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Consider these odds: If you play the Powerball lottery, your chances of winning the grand prize are about 1 in 175 million. But whether you’re a woman or a man, your chances of dying from heart disease are 1 in 4.* It’s a sobering thought, especially if, like me, you have a family history of…

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If you missed this year’s open enrollment deadline, you may still be able to get health insurance for 2015 if you have a baby, get married, lose your coverage, or experience another qualifying life event. You may be eligible if you: Lose your coverage. If you had coverage through your employer and lost your job…

I was curious to find out how some of my fellow Independence Blue Cross (IBX) associates are preparing for this year’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run (BCBSR), so I asked them to share their stories. Runners at IBX are enthusiastic, passionate, and welcoming, and are always eager to share their love of running. Plus, they…

A Young Woman Climbing a Wall

That yoga retreat in Costa Rica never seems to work out, does it? Instead, take your tropical vacation in smaller doses, right here in Philly. Here are our top three mini-getaways, no bug spray, plane ticket, or sunblock required. Enjoy a beach yoga micro-retreat Not all hot yoga is Bikram—the strict style that challenges you…

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If you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolutions, don’t stress about it — statistically, 25 percent of people who make them don’t keep their resolutions for more than seven days! Despite our best intentions, changing our lives for the better isn’t easy. That’s why Independence Blue Cross offers personal support and resources to…

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With arctic temperatures here to stay for awhile, I know I’m not the only person who wants to fly away to a warm beach somewhere. Research has shown that even the simple act of planning a vacation — whether we’re booking a real getaway or surfing travel websites — can temporarily reduce stress and increase…

ID cards | Billing | Customer service Member ID cards I just received my new member ID card in the mail. When can I start using it? You can start using your new member ID card on the date your coverage from Independence Blue Cross (Independence) goes into effect, called the effective date. Be aware that you may receive…

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