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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

Medicare seminar strives to clarify insurance options

When Mike and Lori Gordon sat down at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) recent Medicare seminar for employees and their family members, they weren’t there for themselves. With another decade in the workforce, Lori - a BCBSNE technical analyst- wanted to know more about Medicare options for Mike’s father. “This is my

By |2019-10-04T08:20:40-05:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Medicare seminar strives to clarify insurance options

Ready for Medicare open enrollment? Here’s how to make sure you’re in the right plan

With October on the horizon, it’s time for seniors to prepare for that annual checkup – on their health, as well as existing health insurance plans. “Ask yourself ‘Is my current plan meeting my needs or is there something better out there?’ You want to maximize your coverage and dollars, and make sure you’re in

By |2019-09-19T09:42:59-05:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Ready for Medicare open enrollment? Here’s how to make sure you’re in the right plan

Marcotte retirement planning seminars provide free advice to pre-retirees

Retirement is the career end goal for most employees, but the formula for a successful retirement is elusive. Marcotte Retirement Plans helps customers find a clear path to their goals through retirement planning seminars. The seminars are held quarterly and are provided to those with Marcotte retirement plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of

By |2019-02-04T11:36:02-06:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Marcotte retirement planning seminars provide free advice to pre-retirees

Refresh your insurance knowledge

It’s the New Year and with every New Year comes fresh beginnings. Did you know that it can also mean changes with your health insurance? Many health insurance plans reset annual cost shares (the amounts you pay) on January 1 of each year. This means the amounts you had accumulated towards your out-of-pocket maximum in

By |2019-01-09T10:32:11-06:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Refresh your insurance knowledge

Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Navigating Medicare can be overwhelming. Especially this time of year, during the annual open enrollment period. If you’re considering a Medicare plan, you probably have a lot of questions. I’ve worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Medicare plans for several years. Here are some frequently asked questions. Q: What should I know

By |2019-08-21T14:52:26-05:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs