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Knowing where to seek treatment – appropriate emergency room use

Knowing where to seek treatment makes a difference in terms of physical and financial health, as well as recovery, when you or a loved one is sick or injured. How do you know if a trip to the emergency room is required? Based on the symptoms presented, the following tips can help you determine if

By |2018-06-28T12:19:18+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Knowing where to seek treatment – appropriate emergency room use

Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

Dennis De Leon drove by the office three times before working up the nerve to step inside. The implications of that decision – choosing to engage the Literacy Council of Grand Island – would not only alter his life in a profound way, it would ripple to impact many more. “It’s really important we try

By |2018-06-25T13:13:59+00:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

BCBSNE manager embraces community by serving on eight boards

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska manager Cynthia Hume doesn’t just openly embrace the company’s value of community service. She lives it. Hume, a BCBSNE claims manager, serves on the boards of eight nonprofit organizations, including Susan G. Komen, the Iowa West Foundation and 100 Black Men of Omaha, to name a few. When it

By |2018-07-17T09:47:46+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE manager embraces community by serving on eight boards

Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self

"I learn from the kids. We're like family," says 76-year-old Foster Grandparent Joe Mattox, Papa Joe. He tutors elementary-age students at Wilson Focus School three days a week. "I tell the kids all the time, 'You're going to be one of the smartest kids in the school.' " Fearlessly. That’s how Joe Mattox, 76, served

By |2018-06-18T11:22:14+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self

BCBSNE grant supports riding to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) awarded grants to 73 organizations last year. One of these organizations, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA), used grant funding to improve the quality of life of adults and children with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. HETRA, which serves disabled individuals from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa as

By |2018-06-14T09:29:09+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE grant supports riding to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities

Nebraska Lions Foundation provides fast, free vision screenings for Special Olympics athletes

Two Nebraska Lions Foundation programs teamed up to provide Special Olympics athletes with fast, free vision screenings at the May 2018 games. According to the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), research shows that 68 percent of Special Olympics athletes haven’t had an eye exam in three years, 37 percent need glasses and 18 percent wear

By |2018-06-11T12:14:49+00:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska Lions Foundation provides fast, free vision screenings for Special Olympics athletes

Summer is here and the Omaha Farmers Markets are open

As the temperatures rise and shorts and sandals are unpacked from their winter boxes, Omahans venture outside to support the Omaha Farmers Markets. Located in the Old Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Aksarben Village on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Omaha Farmers Markets feature more than 100

By |2018-06-07T14:36:11+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Summer is here and the Omaha Farmers Markets are open

If you’re 64 and thinking about retirement, here’s what you need to do today

If you’re around the age of 64, you almost certainly remember the heyday of the Beatles. Their 1967 song, “When I’m Sixty Four,” laments getting older, pondering, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?” Fortunately, our attitudes about aging and what is considered “old” have evolved since the '60s.

By |2018-06-04T10:23:46+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on If you’re 64 and thinking about retirement, here’s what you need to do today

Skin cancer rates in BCBSNE members are decreasing, bucking national trend

Skin cancer is diagnosed at a much lower level in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska members than people living in other parts of the country.  From 2014 to 2017, our members had a 0.7 percent rate of diagnosed skin cancer.   Nebraska men have a higher rate of skin cancer than women.  Costs

By |2018-06-01T09:48:12+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Skin cancer rates in BCBSNE members are decreasing, bucking national trend