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The medical director’s guide to choosing a primary care provider

  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) medical directors Dr. Victoria Hall, Dr. Elizabeth Noordhoek and Dr. Cindy Gubbels contributed their insight to help individuals choose a primary care provider (PCP). A PCP acts as a person’s medical home base and aims to provide long-term and preventive care, routine checkups, and referrals to

By |2023-02-03T15:47:23-06:00February 3rd, 2023|Categories: Health and Wellness, Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The medical director’s guide to choosing a primary care provider

Learn the ins and outs of Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

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: The basics MA OEP runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 each year and gives MA members a chance

By |2023-01-03T14:51:56-06:00January 5th, 2023|Categories: Insurance 101|Tags: , |Comments Off on Learn the ins and outs of Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

Open enrollment extended into 2023

Did you hear? Open enrollment has been extended through Jan. 15, 2023. Enroll or renew your health insurance for the upcoming calendar year before time runs out.  Here’s what you need to know about the date extension:  If you applied for coverage Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, your health coverage will be effective Jan. 1,

By |2022-12-15T15:25:03-06:00December 15th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Open enrollment extended into 2023

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 79% are taking care of a family member aged 50 or older, according to Family Caregiver Alliance.   If you are a caregiver to someone who is Medicare eligible, here’s a guide to assessing plan options and advocating on their behalf,

By |2022-09-26T14:13:43-05:00November 8th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on What you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

Open Enrollment: What are your options

In Nebraska, cooler weather and leaves rustling against the wind indicate that winter and Open Enrollment are nearby. Don’t miss your chance to consider and enroll in new health coverage. Read on to learn more about what your options are. What is Open Enrollment and when can I get coverage? Open Enrollment starts on Nov.

By |2022-10-28T15:03:50-05:00October 28th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Open Enrollment: What are your options

What you need to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is here. Now is the time for seniors to consider their health care needs and make decisions on their coverage. Read on to learn what to keep in mind and who can help with the decision-making process.  When is the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period?  The Annual Enrollment Period, also known

By |2022-09-26T14:01:51-05:00October 3rd, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on What you need to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

What to expect at a Medicare seminar

If you’re close to retirement or already retired, you’ve probably 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 Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans, which starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. 

By |2022-09-26T13:49:42-05:00September 29th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What to expect at a Medicare seminar

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement – what’s the difference?

When it comes to choosing a health care plan, each person’s needs are unique. To better understand the different features of Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement, here is a short guide.  Medicare Advantage Medicare Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, is a health plan that provides your Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical

By |2022-09-01T10:00:13-05:00September 6th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement – what’s the difference?

Retiring soon? Start here.

When you think about retiring, are your thoughts filled with plans for more time with grandchildren, travel and maybe an occasional afternoon nap? Changing your health insurance probably won’t cross your mind until the letters and emails start coming with all kinds of coverage options around your 64th birthday. Turning a certain age doesn’t mean

By |2022-05-13T13:52:02-05:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Retiring soon? Start here.

BCBSNE expands home delivery prescription options with Amazon Pharmacy

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members can have their long-term medications fulfilled and delivered by Amazon Pharmacy as one of their medication delivery options, as of Jan. 1, 2022. Members can order and manage their prescriptions through the easy-to-use Amazon Pharmacy shopping experience, enhanced with real-time pricing that shows both the available

By |2022-05-18T13:16:39-05:00May 16th, 2022|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE expands home delivery prescription options with Amazon Pharmacy