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Recently lost your job? You may qualify for a special enrollment period

If you have recently lost your job, you may qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP), which would enable you to purchase creditable health insurance coverage outside of the yearly open enrollment period. What is creditable coverage? Creditable coverage is coverage that meets standards set by government bodies, such as the Department of Health and

By |2020-06-08T13:17:43-05:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Recently lost your job? You may qualify for a special enrollment period

Five questions to ask yourself when searching for an individual health plan

Searching for an individual health insurance plan can feel overwhelming. Previously, Nicole Creamer, director of consumer sales at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), provided answers to five common individual health plan questions to help consumers. Creamer covered the basics of individual plans and shared details on BCBSNE’s option, Armor Health. To further

By |2020-04-24T15:43:52-05:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Five questions to ask yourself when searching for an individual health plan

BCBSNE expands telehealth benefit in response to coronavirus pandemic

Here’s the dilemma: you’re pretty sure you have an ear infection. You’re experiencing pain and nausea – but you’re concerned about going to the doctor’s office. You take social distancing seriously and don’t want to expose yourself to others who are sick, possibly with COVID-19. Enter an at-home alternative: the anytime convenience of telehealth. What

By |2020-04-06T11:12:58-05:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE expands telehealth benefit in response to coronavirus pandemic

Five common individual health plan questions: Answered

Purchasing a health insurance plan can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re buying one on your own. Nicole Creamer, director of consumer sales at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), can help by providing answers to five common individual health plan questions. 1. What is an individual health plan? An individual health plan is

By |2020-04-01T13:15:20-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Five common individual health plan questions: Answered

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: What you need to know

If you have a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan and want to make a change, the MA Open Enrollment Period (OEP) provides you with a window of opportunity to do so. Here’s what you need to know: OEP: The basics MA OEP runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 each year and gives MA members a

By |2020-02-19T16:38:35-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: What you need to know

Medicare seminar provides answers to retirement uncertainties

On a sunny autumn afternoon, the Hastings Public Library meeting room is packed with Nebraskans looking for answers about Medicare. With a sense of urgency - as the Medicare open enrollment period winds down— the crowd peppered questions at representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), including: How do you switch from

By |2019-11-26T09:48:15-06:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicare seminar provides answers to retirement uncertainties

Prioritizing prevention with an annual wellness visit

As soon as we’re old enough to drive a car, we hear it over and over – regular oil changes are key to extending the life of our vehicles. Imagine if the cost was covered by your auto insurance. Would you miss a round of suggested maintenance? Now, shift to your annual wellness visits, important

By |2019-11-18T09:46:11-06:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Prioritizing prevention with an annual wellness visit

Snowbirds have unique Medicare options to consider

It’s that time of year—when snowbirds are getting ready to migrate to warmer climates. If you’re one of them – a retiree that flocks south during the winter months - or just considering taking an extended vacation, remember to consider what kind of health insurance coverage you will need. With Original Medicare, a Medicare Supplement

By |2019-10-30T10:24:28-05:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Snowbirds have unique Medicare options to consider

Original Medicare and beyond: Evaluating your needs and whether a switch is in order

Nobody turns 65 and automatically becomes an expert on the intricacies of Medicare. Navigating the system can be overwhelming, especially this time of year, during the annual open enrollment period. From now until Dec. 7, those already in a Medicare plan can: • Switch between Original Medicare, which includes Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and

By |2019-10-21T09:00:26-05:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Original Medicare and beyond: Evaluating your needs and whether a switch is in order

Short-term health plans offer flexible way to fill coverage gaps; here’s how they work

When it comes to health care coverage, options can bring peace of mind. That person who is in-between jobs, the early retiree who doesn’t qualify for Medicare just yet, or the family that simply needs to fill a gap in coverage – they all might benefit from a short-term health plan. Simply put, short-term health

By |2019-10-16T14:47:37-05:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Short-term health plans offer flexible way to fill coverage gaps; here’s how they work