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Heart Health Month hits home for Blue Cross employee

Dionne Whitfield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska group leader and broker services representative, was only 38 when she underwent triple bypass surgery. Now, she celebrates Women’s Heart Health Month by sharing her story to raise awareness. “I want to share my experience with other women so they aren’t blindsided like I was by

By |2018-03-12T11:23:01+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Heart Health Month hits home for Blue Cross employee

Tax time: Stay safe from cybercrime

Tax season is prime time for online scams. Cybercriminals are looking to cash in by stealing your identity and by getting their hands on your tax refund. Already this year, reports of tax-related cybercrime and privacy breaches are popping up across the country. Here in the Midwest, for example, the City of Keokuk, Iowa, fell

By |2018-02-27T15:27:57+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tax time: Stay safe from cybercrime

Getting Agile takes on new meaning for high school students at Careerockit event

Getting agile took on new meaning for Westside high school freshmen and sophomores recently when they visited Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) for a Greater Omaha Chamber Careerockit event. Careerockit pairs elementary through post-secondary students with businesses and nonprofits to create career interest and grow the area’s talent pipeline by connecting organizations

By |2018-02-27T15:29:38+00:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting Agile takes on new meaning for high school students at Careerockit event

Phishing messages: Don’t get hooked

Generally speaking, cyber criminals are fairly smart people—they usually take the path of least resistance to get their hands on whatever they want to steal. That’s why they continue to rely less on hacking computer systems, and more on something called social engineering -- especially phishing. Think of social engineering as hacking a person rather

By |2018-02-26T15:08:19+00:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Phishing messages: Don’t get hooked

Nebraska teens rank in top 5, leading the nation in vaccinations

Nebraska teens are leading the way, in the top 5, in getting vaccinated compared to other adolescents across the country.  A Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America study (HOA) shows adolescents born in 2003 and 2004, are getting HPV, Meningococcal and Tdap immunizations at a higher rate.  The study is based on

By |2018-02-23T08:48:31+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska teens rank in top 5, leading the nation in vaccinations

Nebraska employees may have direct primary care option

Nebraska state employees may have a direct primary care option if the Nebraska Legislature approves a bill that allows the state to pilot the concept. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Executive Vice President Dr. Joann Schaefer recently testified before a packed Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee public hearing in support of the

By |2018-02-20T09:42:22+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska employees may have direct primary care option

How a health plan in Nebraska uses mobile tech to connect with patients

It’s no secret that mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have emerged as a primary and preferred channel for communication. That’s why many health insurance providers are adapting to reflect members’ devotion to all things mobile. In 2015, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) identified just such an opportunity. The goal: to improve

By |2018-02-13T10:24:22+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Our Take|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How a health plan in Nebraska uses mobile tech to connect with patients

Wellness at work pays off

We spend a lot of time at work.  If we’re unhappy there, it makes a day seem very long.  It can also impact our health, both physically and mentally. Employers are responding to those concerns:  According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Employee Benefits Survey, three out of five employers now offer some

By |2018-02-13T10:06:07+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Wellness at work pays off

Nebraska Department of Insurance approves BCBSNE plans to form a mutual insurance holding company

The Nebraska Department of Insurance (NDOI) has approved Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) proposed reorganization plan to form a mutual insurance holding company. “We requested permission to create a mutual insurance holding company to be called “Goodlife Partners, Inc.,” Dale Mackel, executive vice president, said. “The holding company structure will give Blue

By |2018-02-13T10:02:08+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska Department of Insurance approves BCBSNE plans to form a mutual insurance holding company

Eight steps to maintain healthy eating and exercise

Are you beginning to lose your motivation to eat healthy and hit the gym? The reality is that many people make drastic changes quickly, and soon burn out and forget their goals altogether. “Many people make ambitious wellness goals after the New Year, the problem is they soon lose interest,” Caroline Kahnk, wellness coordinator, said.

By |2018-02-07T14:36:46+00:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Eight steps to maintain healthy eating and exercise