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About Ally Thomson

Ally Thomson is the manager of brand strategy, public relations and advertising at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Your Story: A fight for life, to be a teacher

Forty-five years ago, Barbara Saathoff wasn’t sure she would be able to walk again or see her children grow up – much less get her degree in education. Now, she's celebrating 29 years as a high school science teacher. Saathoff’s story took a dark turn in 1975. She was in her early 20s –

By |2021-06-14T15:25:02-05:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Your Story: A fight for life, to be a teacher

Your Story: Dorothy has a new lease on life with access to care for her chronic illness

Dorothy has always been an athlete. Growing up in Omaha as one of 10 children, she worked hard to make her unique mark playing volleyball at Omaha North High School and went on to earn a full-ride scholarship to Grambling State University in Louisiana. As a collegiate athlete and three-year team captain, she learned much about resilience, human behavior and inclusion, both on and off the court.  “I wouldn’t be who I am today or where I

By |2021-05-10T08:43:35-05:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Dorothy has a new lease on life with access to care for her chronic illness

Your Story: Joanna cares for patients and creates life during pandemic

Joanna is the nursing director of the intensive and progressive care units (ICU/PCU) at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings – one of the areas in Nebraska hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her team of nurses saw an influx of patients and deaths in 2020.  “We wanted to take care of these patients,” Joanna said. “That’s why we are nurses because

By |2021-04-12T10:47:51-05:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Joanna cares for patients and creates life during pandemic

Your Story: Triple the twirls with Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana

Every pregnancy is full of surprises, but Amber’s was especially remarkable. The likelihood of identical triplets like Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana being conceived spontaneously (without medical assistance) may well be one in a million. Amber hadn’t been trying to get pregnant, so learning she’d be having multiple babies at her first ultrasound – first

By |2021-03-01T10:27:32-06:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Triple the twirls with Sharlet, Sydnea and Savana

Your Story: Grant lifts with heart

When Grant was just 3 years old, his doctors discovered a murmur that required open heart surgery. “Even if they consider it a small surgery, it’s still very scary, as a parent, to know that your baby is going to be opened up on the table to do something like that to his heart,”

By |2021-02-11T17:12:18-06:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Grant lifts with heart

BCBSNE and Nebraska providers saved more than $82 million through Total Care this year

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) in the company’s Total Care program drove improved patient health outcomes while lowering the cost of care during the 2019-2020 program year, achieving savings of approximately $82.8 million. Total Care value-based programs are intended to help

By |2020-12-03T10:50:12-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE and Nebraska providers saved more than $82 million through Total Care this year

BCBSNE, Prime Therapeutics provide free over-the-counter medicines, products to Medicare Advantage members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and their pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) are expanding the over-the-counter (OTC) prepaid card offering for Medicare Advantage members enrolling in coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2021. Members can use the OTC prepaid card to pay for essential items needed to stay safe through COVID-19,

By |2020-11-02T09:21:27-06:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE, Prime Therapeutics provide free over-the-counter medicines, products to Medicare Advantage members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and YMCAs to offer free community flu shot clinics in November

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will host 14 flu vaccination clinics in early November, in collaboration with YMCAs across the state. Clinics will be open to all between the ages of 9 and 64 at no cost to them, regardless of health insurance coverage. “Our goal is to be there for all

By |2020-10-19T11:21:28-05:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and YMCAs to offer free community flu shot clinics in November

Central District Health Department to provide flu shots for 10,000 Grand Island students over three weeks

Central District Health Department (CDHD) is offering no-cost flu vaccinations to approximately 10,000 students in preschool through 12th grade – nearly one-fifth of the Grand Island population – in collaboration with Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS), Heartland Health Center (HHC) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “Because Grand Island has been hit

By |2020-10-12T09:10:23-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Central District Health Department to provide flu shots for 10,000 Grand Island students over three weeks

BCBSNE expands remote-working opportunities to support job growth and economic development

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) launched a pilot program to recruit work-from-home customer service representatives in Norfolk, Columbus and greater Omaha, demonstrating its commitment to Nebraska’s economic development, a sustainable remote-working environment and localized member support. As part of the pilot, 10 new employees started Aug. 31, with more to follow soon.

By |2020-09-01T08:54:20-05:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: News Releases, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE expands remote-working opportunities to support job growth and economic development