As Biking Popularity Grows, so Must the Spotlight on Safety
Independence Blue Cross Offers Helmet Reimbursement for Safer Bicycling
Independence Blue Cross (IBC) encourages everyone in the community to wear helmets while biking. To stress the importance of safety and promote physical fitness, IBC offers each member of a family in its Healthy Lifestyles(R) program up to
About 540,000 bicyclists across the country go to emergency rooms with injuries every year, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, and, of those, roughly 67,000 have head injuries.
“Our number one focus is wellness. We encourage our members to stay fit by staying active and bike riding is excellent exercise,” said Dr. Es Nash, senior medical director at IBC. “We also promote safety and advise members to wear helmets. A fall off a bike on a city street, a trail path, or a suburban sidewalk can be dangerous, but a sturdy helmet lessens the risk of injury.”
Dr. Nash added, “Too often, when I see families bike riding together, the kids are wearing helmets but the parents aren’t! Parents, please – use our Healthy Lifestyles reimbursement to get a helmet so you’re setting a good safety example for your children.”
IBC encourages members purchasing bike helmets to be sure the product meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standard or that it’s certified by Snell Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, for over fifty years has been dedicated to research, education, testing and development of helmet safety standards. Eligible members may receive one helmet reimbursement per family member per year. To obtain reimbursement, an IBC member simply mails or faxes a copy of the helmet receipt and a completed reimbursement form to IBC within 90 days of purchase. Details are available on www.ibx.com and www.ibxpress.com.
In addition to bike helmet reimbursements, IBC offers cash back for safety-related programs, including training in CPR, first-aid, and automated external defibrillator essentials. As part of its Healthy Lifestyles program, the company also offers reimbursements and discounts to reward members for making healthy choices, including joining a gym and going regularly and completing a smoking cessation or weight-loss program.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern
Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. More information about Independence Blue Cross is available at www.ibx.com.
SOURCE Independence Blue Cross