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About Cassandra Wade

Cassie is a communications strategist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and the managing editor of the Newsroom.

Five mental health tips to cope with life during the pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, Best Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has seen nearly a 25% increase in the need for its mental health resources. Best Care EAP works with employers to provide a variety of services to their workers, such as counseling and wellness coaching. The organization’s increased requests for mental health services are largely due

By |2021-09-15T10:41:25-05:00September 16th, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Five mental health tips to cope with life during the pandemic

Local doctor shares experience with telehealth increase during pandemic

The pandemic altered how many patients sought care in 2020. In fact, four in 10 U.S. adults reported avoiding medical care because of COVID-19 concerns, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, telehealth usage increased due to its ability to offer patients a way to visit their doctors from

By |2021-07-19T15:19:01-05:00July 21st, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Comments Off on Local doctor shares experience with telehealth increase during pandemic

Your Story: Two-time breast cancer survivor, “thriver,” continues criminal justice career

Brenda Smith was the first Black female police officer in the state of Nebraska. Following a 25-year career with the Omaha Police Department, she retired as assistant police chief and started teaching criminal justice at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). A loving mother, grandmother and daughter, she also helped care for her ailing mom and dad for many years before they both passed away in

By |2021-07-06T09:08:00-05:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Comments Off on Your Story: Two-time breast cancer survivor, “thriver,” continues criminal justice career

COVID-19 update: More than 50% of Nebraskans 16 and older are fully vaccinated

BCBSNE’s chief medical officer stresses importance of continued vaccination Nebraska recently surpassed an important benchmark in the fight against COVID-19: More than 50% of the state’s population 16 and older is now fully vaccinated, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) dashboard. An additional 8% of Nebraskans 16 and older are

By |2021-05-21T13:18:54-05:00May 24th, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on COVID-19 update: More than 50% of Nebraskans 16 and older are fully vaccinated

Virtual volunteer opportunities connect BCBSNE employees with community

During the month of April, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) supported communities and nonprofits on the frontlines of the pandemic through United Way of the Midlands’ (UWM) Day of Action. UWM, a nonprofit helping those most vulnerable work toward independence through programs fostering basic needs, education and financial stability, hosts Day of

By |2021-05-14T10:15:52-05:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Virtual volunteer opportunities connect BCBSNE employees with community

BCBSNE earns 2021 Business Excellence Award

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has earned a 2021 Business Excellence Award from the Greater Omaha Chamber. The Greater Omaha Chamber recognizes local organizations with these awards in four categories annually: Leadership, Innovation, Philanthropy and Sustained Excellence. BCBSNE received its award in the Leadership category, which honors organizations with a strong vision

By |2021-05-13T14:43:39-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE earns 2021 Business Excellence Award

Take the National Walk at Lunch Day pledge to support Special Olympics Nebraska

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) invites individuals and organizations to stride toward better health and a stronger community during National Walk at Lunch (NW@L) Day on Wednesday, April 28. BCBSNE hosts NW@L Day annually to encourage Nebraskans to focus on their health by pledging to walk for 30 minutes. NW@L Day also

By |2021-05-10T15:27:17-05:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Community Engagement, Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Take the National Walk at Lunch Day pledge to support Special Olympics Nebraska

Your Story: Aileen and Thomas share 30 years of coverage

For more than 30 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has been a part of Omaha couple Aileen and Thomas’ health journey. “Whenever we have required medical treatment, from childbirth to routine medical exams, providers recognize the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand,

By |2021-04-19T14:05:10-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Your Story|Comments Off on Your Story: Aileen and Thomas share 30 years of coverage

BCBSNE provides COVID-19 vaccine incentive for its employees

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is providing an incentive for its employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the company’s wellness program, Be Well at Blue. Be Well at Blue empowers employees to focus on their health goals by: Tracking preventive health exams Competing in wellness challenges Completing trainings and certifications, like

By |2021-04-07T08:34:24-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE provides COVID-19 vaccine incentive for its employees

Your Story: Jake’s play-by-play on living with celiac disease

Warm, salty, soft pretzels and well-dressed hot dogs slathered with all the fixings are ballpark snack staples, but for some, like Jake, having a treat while at a game isn’t as simple as ordering what looks best on the menu. At 14 years old, Jake was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that

By |2021-04-12T11:22:43-05:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Jake’s play-by-play on living with celiac disease