Wise & Well: Elise McHatton’s passion for group exercise keeps her moving

Growing up, you were more likely to find Elise McHatton delivering speeches or engaging in spirited debates than putting on a sports uniform.   “Ironically, I wasn’t an athlete or into fitness in high school,” McHatton said. “My friends and I skated a little bit at our local ice rink in the winter, but that was

By |2023-12-19T15:10:02-06:00December 20th, 2023|Categories: Team Blue, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Wise & Well: Elise McHatton’s passion for group exercise keeps her moving

Wise and Well: A runner’s journey to wellness

Amanda (left) pictured with her wife Lauren. Amanda Merfeld, a communications strategist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), started running two years ago during COVID-19 to prioritize her wellness and mental health. “I was diagnosed with both anxiety and depression at the age of 15,” Merfeld said. “My doctor said

By |2023-12-04T13:49:50-06:00December 4th, 2023|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise and Well: A runner’s journey to wellness

Tips on how to have a happy and healthy holiday season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can make sticking to your goals difficult to navigate. Between office parties, family gatherings and all the sweets and treats the season has to offer, it’s easy to let your mental and physical wellness fall out of focus. Here are a few tips from Blue Cross and

By |2023-12-04T12:13:19-06:00December 4th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tips on how to have a happy and healthy holiday season

Nearly 600 people received their flu shot at one of BCBSNE’s free flu shot clinics

In October, nearly 600 people received flu shots at 21 free community flu shot clinics hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE).   BCBSNE hosts the clinics annually as part of its mission to be a champion for the health and well-being of its members and the communities it serves. Community members

By |2023-11-17T14:23:37-06:00November 20th, 2023|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nearly 600 people received their flu shot at one of BCBSNE’s free flu shot clinics

New and classic events combine for a successful United Way Campaign

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently wrapped up its 2023 United Way of the Midlands (UWM) Campaign with 606 employees participating to raise $389,689. UWM is a local charitable organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable work toward independence through programs fostering basic needs, education and financial stability. For over 30 years, BCBSNE’s

By |2023-11-21T10:56:12-06:00November 15th, 2023|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New and classic events combine for a successful United Way Campaign

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 |2023-11-09T08:52:13-06:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on What you need to know about the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Your Story: Breast cancer survivor finds right health insurance plan for her needs

Nicole and her husband, Gerard, own two small businesses in Kearney. Their family has always enjoyed great health. For years, they successfully used catastrophic Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, which have low premiums and high deductibles, from various insurers for their family’s health coverage. But when she got a breast cancer diagnosis in October 2022,

By |2023-11-09T15:56:30-06:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: Topics, Your Story|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Your Story: Breast cancer survivor finds right health insurance plan for her needs

BCBSNE’s Medicare Advantage PPO plans achieve 4-star ratings for 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) Medicare Advantage Access PPO and Connect PPO plans 4-star ratings for 2024.  The yearly ratings are issued by CMS and rate health plans on a scale from one to five stars, with five being the highest.

By |2023-11-08T09:01:27-06:00November 8th, 2023|Categories: News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE’s Medicare Advantage PPO plans achieve 4-star ratings for 2024

Nebraska Lions Foundation begins 2023-2024 school year screenings

The Nebraska Lions Foundation (NLF) has begun its 2023-2024 school year screenings through its Mobile Screening Unit (MSU). These screenings are cosponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Healthy Blue, Lions Clubs International Foundation and Nebraska Lions through the NLF and include vision and hearing assessments. Between July 1 and Sept. 30,

By |2023-11-06T12:58:31-06:00November 1st, 2023|Categories: Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nebraska Lions Foundation begins 2023-2024 school year screenings

Wise and Well: Lynda Crouch’s fight against breast cancer

Breast cancer impacts one in eight women worldwide, according to BreastCancer.org. Lynda Crouch, a workforce management coordinator at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), is one of these women. Crouch was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer just last year after going in for her annual mammogram. Crouch, whose mom and aunts had all been

By |2023-10-30T16:22:09-05:00October 31st, 2023|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Wise and Well: Lynda Crouch’s fight against breast cancer
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