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About Marcia Cady

As media relations manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Marcia is also the Managing Editor of the Newsroom. She is a former journalist and member of the Nebraska Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the Omaha Press Club and QUAD.

Geriatric massage ‘takes my cares away’ and relieves chronic aches and pains, patients say

In a darkened room, with music quietly playing and the hint of flowers in the air, 81-year-old Ronna Graskowiak can finally relax. “This takes my cares away,” Ronna says. Ronna is a caregiver to her 90-year-old husband, who is losing his memory. She’s in good hands with certified geriatric massage therapist Nicole Joy at Think

By |2018-10-16T09:48:52+00:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Geriatric massage ‘takes my cares away’ and relieves chronic aches and pains, patients say

Cancer struck and there was no way of knowing why

The American Cancer Society estimates 10,320 Nebraskans will develop cancer this year. Most will be diagnosed with breast and lung cancer. People often ask, “Why me?” Many cancers can be attributed to smoking or too much time in the sun. For the following three people, there was no way of knowing why. All they could

By |2018-10-11T08:49:02+00:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cancer struck and there was no way of knowing why

Health care phone scams – the latest version

Does anyone answer the phone anymore? When you do get a call on your phone, it’s hard to tell through caller ID who it is. Many phone scammers are using local, genuine-looking phone numbers. Scammers are also pretending to be legitimate businesses to get your personal information. The Federal Trade Commission received more than 375,000

By |2018-10-11T16:02:49+00:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Security, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Health care phone scams – the latest version

A simple message – get a mammogram

Lisa Vogt has a simple message – get a yearly mammogram. She knows. At age 49, she had a routine mammogram. No lumps were found. But she had calcifications—tiny white dots—on her screening. Lisa had a biopsy, which confirmed it was cancer, DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). It’s a cancer where abnormal cells are found

By |2018-10-03T09:37:38+00:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A simple message – get a mammogram

Here’s what to expect at a Medicare seminar

If you’re close to retirement or already retired, you probably have received numerous invitations in the mail for events around town. Seminar? Open House? Consultation? The invitations are coming to you because it’s close to the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare. Navigating the requests can be time-consuming, so here’s a quick guide of everything

By |2018-10-02T09:10:46+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Here’s what to expect at a Medicare seminar

Don’t skip dental/vision exams – Health of America study

You’re more likely to suffer significant ailments and incur higher medical costs if you skip preventive dental and vision exams, according to the latest Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report*. The report found that nationwide, Blue Cross members with serious dental conditions were 25 percent more likely to suffer heart disease,

By |2018-10-02T09:20:39+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Don’t skip dental/vision exams – Health of America study

Medicare Advantage plans available in nine additional counties

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Medicare Advantage plans will be available in nine additional eastern Nebraska counties in 2019, bringing the total to 15. “This expansion provides more choices from a local, experienced health insurance carrier,” said Tom Gilsdorf, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Director of Medicare.  “When you have options

By |2018-09-27T09:23:41+00:00September 27th, 2018|Categories: News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare Advantage plans available in nine additional counties

Nebraska ACOs – Value-based care approach is having impact

To Dale, a 55-year-old Nebraskan, value-based care is help getting all his prescriptions filled on the same day so he doesn’t have to make multiple trips to the pharmacy—a 50 mile drive from his home.   To Doris, a 60-year-old Nebraskan, value-based care is being able to see her own doctor when her COPD is

By |2018-09-20T14:40:58+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska ACOs – Value-based care approach is having impact

Running Corporate Cup empowers BCBSNE team members

It was a beautiful Sunday morning as runners gathered for the annual Corporate Cup Run in Omaha’s Aksarben Village.  A sea of colorful t-shirts represented employees from companies across the city, coming together to have fun and raise money to fight lung disease. Sherrie Graeve and Shanna McCormack were there, part of Blue Cross and

By |2018-09-13T09:19:00+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Running Corporate Cup empowers BCBSNE team members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Fearless Grants awarded to state nonprofits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has awarded seven Fearless Grants to nonprofits across the state, from Omaha to North Platte.  The grant funds will assist the nonprofits with a number of initiatives, including behavioral health and substance use therapy, supplemental food for seniors, reduced emergency room visits, blood transportation, dental care, brain

By |2018-09-07T15:59:28+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: News Releases, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Fearless Grants awarded to state nonprofits