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Independent Health + Buffalo Purchasing Initiative

Independent Health, a not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Buffalo, New York, serves nearly 330,000 members and provides innovative health care products and benefits designed to engage consumers in their health and well-being. Established in 1980, our comprehensive portfolio of progressive products include HMO, POS, PPO and EPO products, Medicare and Medicaid plans, individual and small group Exchange products, consumer-directed plans and health savings accounts, plus coverage for self-funded employers. Our subsidiaries and affiliate companies include pharmacy benefit management, specialty pharmacy and the Independent Health Foundation. The company has been recognized nationally for its award-winning customer service, dedication to quality health care and unmatched relationships with physicians and providers.

Independent Health recognizes the importance of diversity and believes supplier diversity is a critical component of our diversity and inclusion strategy. Our commitment to this mission reinforces our corporate values while demonstrating our support for equal business opportunity in the community where we live and serve. To learn more about Independent Health, go to

About Independent Health Procurement:

Independent Health is committed to inclusive supplier diversity as a key part of how we procure goods and services.  Our diversity program seeks to engage local, diverse, and small businesses to develop mutually beneficial long-term relationships.  Business is awarded to suppliers based on a competitive procurement process which focuses on qualifications, service support, continuous improvement, and total cost.

General categories of commodities purchased include:

ad specialty goods, catering services, commercial print, computer hardware and software, clerical/administrative staffing, facilities/construction services, janitorial services, marketing services, office supplies, professional services, and technology staffing.

All prospective suppliers of goods and services are recommended to register with Independent Health.  Registration gives purchasing decision makers critical information about supplier capabilities when conducting supplier searches.  Registration and general inquiries should be directed via email to


Gary Cohn
Director, Vendor Management
Office: (716) 635-7820
Mobile: (716) 207-3715