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Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Carolyn Petersen discovered years ago that a listening ear and a steady, compassionate voice can save a life. “I had a young mother call me,” recalls Petersen, of Valentine, Nebraska. “She had gathered some pills, and she was going to kill herself.” An emergency services dispatcher in New York at the time, Petersen did what

By |2018-11-26T08:40:21+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Navigating Medicare can be overwhelming. Especially this time of year, during the annual open enrollment period. If you’re considering a Medicare plan, you probably have a lot of questions. I’ve worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Medicare plans for several years. Here are some frequently asked questions. Q: What should I know

By |2018-11-19T09:42:45+00:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Getting back to the basics of online security and privacy: Own your online presence

Welcome to the last of our six-part series on getting back to the basics of online security and privacy. This story looks at how to own your online presence. Owning your online presence is all about protecting your privacy—from what you post on social media to your internet browsing habits, to the information that organizations

By |2018-11-26T08:32:43+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting back to the basics of online security and privacy: Own your online presence

Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

Nebraskans are paying more for brand name and specialty drugs along with the rest of the nation, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Last year in Nebraska, usage of inexpensive generic drugs increased to 85 percent of total prescriptions filled, yet they made up just

By |2018-11-15T08:25:37+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

Omaha Holiday Lights Festival sponsored by Blue Cross

The 19th season of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival will kick off on Thanksgiving with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) as presenting sponsor once again. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. As in years past, the lights will be turned on Thanksgiving evening. There will be six weeks of activities including ice skating

By |2018-11-14T13:57:41+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha Holiday Lights Festival sponsored by Blue Cross

New wellness challenge provides motivation to maintain weight over holidays

When the weather outside turns frightful, it’s easy to curl up on the couch and enjoy sweet treats, leading to weight gain that sticks around. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is providing employees with motivation to maintain their weight over the holidays with a new wellness challenge. The challenge, Maintain Don’t Gain,

By |2018-11-12T10:47:15+00:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New wellness challenge provides motivation to maintain weight over holidays

Here’s what you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

There are nearly 44 million unpaid caregivers to loved ones in the United States, and 72 percent are taking care of a family member age 50 or older. If you are a caregiver to someone who is Medicare eligible, here's a guide to assessing plan options and advocating on their behalf, especially during the Annual

By |2018-11-12T08:50:33+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Here’s what you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

With rural opioid deaths now outnumbering urban deaths, representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently came to Lincoln to hold a roundtable discussion on what can be done to combat this growing nationwide problem. While Nebraska has a relatively low rate of addiction, members of law enforcement, lawmakers, health experts and the

By |2018-11-05T14:58:22+00:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

BCBSNE employees share annual United Way campaign experiences

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, (BCBSNE) October kicks off the annual United Way fundraising campaign. Festivities, food and fun abound, but giving back to the community stays top of mind through it all. For more than 30 years, BCBSNE has raised funds for United Way of the Midlands, a nonprofit organization dedicated

By |2018-11-02T13:25:08+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE employees share annual United Way campaign experiences

New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

An enhanced $5,000 reward is now being offered by Omaha Crimestoppers for tips leading to the arrests of opioid dealers, after a contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The reward is the first of its kind in the country. Law enforcement officials from the State of Nebraska, Douglas County and

By |2018-11-05T13:16:45+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country