HealthEE by HBG Support

We’ve all been trapped in a loop of “press 3 if you’d like to speak with a service provider” and “stay on hold for the next available representative.” With each awful hold song, you get more and more frustrated just to have a real person at the end speak as if they were a robot themselves and just want you to purchase whatever it is they are selling- whether or not it’s the right option for you.

That is not the HealthEE by HBG way. When you call 888-655-4053 or schedule an appointment online, you are speaking with the real people who make up the HealthEE by HBG support team. No premeditated scripts or robot voices telling you to repeat your name and date of birth over and over, just a conversation.
Personal, friendly and focused on finding the best solution for you, that’s HealthEE by HBG.
Schedule a free call here to discuss your benefit needs with the HealthEE by HBG support team today!

Who and What is an Ask Evan?

We’ve all been trapped in a loop of “press 3 if you’d like to speak with a service provider” and “stay on hold for the next available representative.” With each awful hold song, you get more and more frustrated just to have a real person at the end speak as if they were a robot themselves and just want you to purchase whatever it is they are selling- whether or not it’s the right option for you.

When HealthEE by HBG was born, our mission was to create something that provided access and education to all; that’s what the extra EEs are for; we want to help everyone everywhere. So while our team of insurance experts set out to find the best value and packages for you, Evan Armstrong cultivated our Ask Evan support team. But he does much more than simply provide support for HealthEE customers. Instead, Evan is an advisor and educator whose goal isn’t to sell you a product or make a commission but to problem solve with you in real-time to uncover how you can get the most out of your insurance. 

No premeditated scripts or robot voices telling you to repeat your name and date of birth over and over, just a conversation. Evan and his team define success as leaving callers with a peace of mind they didn’t have when they picked up the phone. “I’m not trying to convince anyone to buy anything,” Evan told me. “I’m here to provide clarity and walk you through the options available.”

A call with Evan or one of his team members is more casual in tone. The Ask Evan team isn’t purchase-driven, they are focused on ensuring you have the knowledge you need to make the best decision for you and your family.. Where ever before, have you had a representative in your corner who would speak with you one-on-one about your health and lifestyle? Then using that conversation, tell you honestly that while they have an array of coverage options available based on your needs, the right coverage lies elsewhere. Evan and his team value you and your health above all, and if we don’t have the benefits for you, we will tell you so and direct you in another direction. 

Evan was once a carpenter with many of our customer’s exact needs and concerns today. Before the pandemic, he was the help behind voluntary benefits and has had years of experience assisting consumers with insurance needs. However, for him, what makes HealthEE by HBG different from his prior experience is the unbiased nature of his conversations with callers and the joy Evan finds in truly helping someone when they call. He says, “My position at HealthEE is quite different from any previous position. As much experience as I have selling, I really don’t like selling. Being able to present someone’s options clearly, and having no real motivation to push them toward any decision makes it much more rewarding.”

6 Stretches you can do from your desk

The view from over our computer screens may have changed since the pandemic, with work from home reigning supreme for many. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is our computers being the center of our work world. Spending hours on screen can be draining, and it’s essential to be mindful of our bodies and take care of ourselves; one great way to do this is to use these six easy stretches throughout your day. They are all desk-friendly, and your back will thank you!

  1. Focus- Neck
    • Sitting up straight, slowly tilt your head to your right side and gently lift your right hand to the top of your head to extend the stretch. Do this on either side for 5-10 seconds each and repeat when needed.
  2. Focus- Shoulders 
    • Extend your hands in front of you and intertwine your fingers, palms facing away from your body. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds if you want a little more stretch to push into your hands slightly.
  3. Focus- Back 
    • For this stretch, you can sit, but it works better standing. Reach your right hand over your head in a sweeping motion resting your left hand on your hip. Hold here for 5-10 seconds and switch. 
  4. Focus- Hands 
    • Hand stretches are not as widely discussed, but with our hands in constant motion between our computers and phones, they deserve some love. Reach your arms straight out in front of your hands in fists, roll your wrists in circles after five circles, and switch and roll counterclockwise. Now straighten out your fists, and with your palms facing away from you, use one hand to pull your fingers back towards your chest. Everybody’s flexibility is different so take this slow. 
  5. Focus- Legs 
    • This one does require you to stand. Standing straight, pull your leg back, pointing your toes as if to reach up and touch your toe to your behind, and hold your foot here. You can use your desk or a nearby wall to steady yourself. Again everybody’s flexibility is different, so if you can’t fully tuck your knee back on the first go, that’s OK stretching takes practice. Over time, this and the other stretches will become easier. We recommend 15 seconds on each side to start. 
  6. Focus- Shoulders and upper arms 
    • Take your right arm horizontally across your chest, and take your left hand at a vertical angle over your arm. You should feel this one on the outside of your upper arm. Hold here for 15 seconds each. 

Doing these stretches once or twice a day will help you feel less tension and looser as you leave whatever your office is for you and continue your day. 

HealthEE Habits For A Healthy Life

Summer is a time for spontaneity, too much ice cream, day trips to the beach, and sun on our faces. But as we move into August, we must come back to reality and check in with ourselves. August is the best time to evaluate what works with my routines and what doesn’t. Especially here in New York, the change of the seasons makes it difficult to stay motivated, and I find having consistent habits an excellent grounding element. If you have been searching for a new routine or want to spruce up your current one, look no further. Here are six habits for a healthier life,

Stretch every morning,

Stretching takes only a few minutes and will set your day up for success. In our monthly newsletter, we share stretches specific to lifestyle. Next month we will be sharing stretches designed for desk workers, you can sign up to receive the newsletter by filling out the get in touch form here, but an excellent place to start is to reach down and touch your toes. My mother has always taught me that if she can still feel her toes, so should I, and I extend this challenge to you. Do you want to be outdone by my mom? I didn’t think so. If you can’t quite reach out of the gates, no biggie; every day, try to reach a little lower. However, if you can touch your toes with no problem, I challenge you to put your back against a wall, heels touching the wall, and bend, keeping your legs flesh to the wall for a bit more of a challenge. 

8 hours of sleep a night,

This habit is much harder in the summer when it seems there is every reason to stay out or finish that beach read, but your body will thank you for the extra recharge, and your heart will probably thank you too for not needing as many cups of coffee. 

Stay up to date with your checkups and doctor’s visits,

With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to forget that appointment you scheduled six months ago before whatever fabulous plans landed in your lap, but keeping those appointments is essential to your health. Especially with affordable preventative essential care options available here, there is no reason not to go. 

Read everyday,

The average attention span of a human is 8.25 seconds. The average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. I’m not talking about the average teen human or whoever you think is more addicted to technology than you are. That’s humans across the board. Whether it be a news article or a book, reading more than captions and tweets will be more stimulating for your mind and your sanity- not everything you read on social media is worth your time. 

Go easy on yourself and practice self-love,

Now I can almost feel your eyes rolling. “self-love” has been quite the buzzword as of late, but there is a good reason. Now, this looks different for everyone. Self-love to me can be walking by the dog park or journaling. But it can also be more subtle, talking to yourself in a kinder tone, not being mad at yourself for your mistakes, and complimenting yourself instead of criticizing when you walk by a mirror. Self-care to my brother is having the latest Yankees t-shirt. Well, each to each your own. There are no rules as long as what you’re doing makes you happy and brings you a sense of peace. 

Drinking water, 

Get yourself a reusable cup or bottle to keep by your desk and watch as, almost unconsciously, you drink more water. Drinking water helps every part of your body, from your joints to your brain to your internal body temperature. The benefits of water need no introduction. You simply have to choose to dedicate yourself to drinking at least2 liters of water a day. 

The Do’s & The Don’ts Of Benefits

Finding Insurance can be frustrating. With all the jargon and confusing requirements, consumers often end up with coverage they can’t even afford to use, but won’t realize until they are in the emergency room or leaving the doctors and peak at the bill. Worse, traditionally, insurance contracts are a year-long commitment. Locking you into your insurance for the entire year. Nothing is worse than an overpriced jail sentence leaving you scared to get sick. Whether you currently have the coverage you don’t love or are a recent addition to the roster after turning 26; we’ve broken down the do’s and don’ts when it comes to picking benefits:

Do- Ask Questions!

56% of people admit they’re completely lost when understanding their health insurance* Imagine you are purchasing a house or a car. You want those life pillar purchases to be well informed. So you hire an inspector or request a vehicle history report. When you buy insurance, whether, for a car or house or your health, you should use the same fine tooth comb in selecting your coverage because, like a car or a house, coverage is not one size fits all. You seek different needs in a home than your friends or peers and it is the same with your insurance. Not knowing where to start is OK. The confusion surrounding how insurance works sparked us to put Evan to work with a team. Ask Evan is not a salesperson. He is an educator the same way a home inspector isn’t trying to sell you a home but is there to help you know what lies between the walls. Ask Evan is available to help you read between the lines of the traditional industry jargon.

Don’t- Put off enrolling in life insurance. 

When we are healthy and young, it is easy to justify putting off life insurance. Especially with other pressing purchases to be made, but as we get older and our health becomes more and more at risk, the price of policies only gets higher. The life insurance policy you can get today will not be there when you’re five years older. 

Do- Protect all members of your family- AKA keep your furry friends healthy and happy. 

Nothing is better than coming home from a long day to an excited tail wagging. Our pets are dependable sources of love and cuddles (unless you’ve got a cat or a bird, but hey that’s on you), and we as their owners are their whole world. If there were a way for them to stay waiting for us at that door day in and day out forever, I know I’d be the first in line. Unfortunately, like us, pets get old or get hurt. When this happens, it’s not a question of if you want them better but whether you can afford the strain of treatment or surgery. Getting pet insurance is a proactive approach to your pet’s health. We can’t make them live forever, but we can give you a sense of security regarding their health protection. 

Don’t- Go without medical coverage.

No one is superhuman. Going without medical coverage is rolling the dice on your health. If the past few years have taught us anything, it should be that life can change in an absolute blink. To that point, life happens, and if you find yourself between jobs or on a new path, you can still get medical coverage. We have low-cost essential medical coverage available here.

Do- Shop for coverage using trusted sources like HealthEE by HBG. 

The HealthEE by HBG store is available to everyone, built by industry experts with decades of experience to provide access to coverage for all and education about that coverage. Whether you’re a freelancer, a part-time employee, or can’t make heads or tails of your employer-sponsored plan, HealthEE is a trusted resource for browsing and getting your questions answered. Our Ask Evan support team is full of real people, all with the goal of not selling you coverage but helping you understand your options and working through what will work best for your lifestyle. From cost to service to flexibility, our team has done the work, so you don’t have to.