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ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

According to findings from a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) diagnoses grew 39 percent between 2010 to 2017 among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members’ children. In Omaha, the percentage of increase was 37 percent. “There has been a slight uptick

By |2019-03-28T08:32:48-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

You may be in good physical health. But how’s your financial wellness? It's an increasingly important answer to know for baby boomers rocketing toward retirement (almost 10,000 hit age 65 every day). While many have planned and saved and are eager for their next chapters, others are headed for serious financial anxiety. As a group,

By |2019-03-18T08:46:24-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

At first, they called it “The Widow’s Club,” a group of five women – friends from the neighborhood – who’ve all lost their husbands over the last two years. Karen McCann is the newest addition. Frank, her husband of 52 years, died last July at age 76. “Do I have moments when the tears flow

By |2019-03-04T08:46:49-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

Omahan Darrell Henning spends a lot of time on the road, navigating traffic and weather to shuttle critical cargo across the Heartland. He doesn’t do it for payment – but for repayment. To Henning, volunteering with the American Red Cross (and securing over-achiever status in the process) is a way of saying thank you for

By |2019-02-25T11:39:55-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

See a doctor online with telehealth

“The last thing I wanted to do when I wasn’t feeling well was to go outside, start the car in the freezing cold and wait in an urgent care room – possibly contracting more germs,” said Michelle Green, customer service manager. We’ve all been there, you’re at work, feeling absolutely terrible. You’ve got head pressure

By |2019-01-25T09:29:42-05:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on See a doctor online with telehealth

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska joining with Clarkson Regional Health Services in new Think Whole Person Healthcare partnership

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) is joining with Clarkson Regional Health Services Inc. as partners in Think Whole Person Healthcare in Omaha, NE. “Think has been leading the way in changing how health care is practiced in Nebraska,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, BCBSNE executive vice president. “The independent primary care model plays

By |2019-01-23T10:11:24-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: News Releases, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska joining with Clarkson Regional Health Services in new Think Whole Person Healthcare partnership

Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Retired Omaha attorney Fred Coffman doesn’t spend his days in court – he spends them on it. Over the last couple of years, the active 77-year-old has developed quite a taste for pickleball, a fast-growing court sport that combines tennis, table tennis and badminton. “I like pickleball because you bend, you stretch. You’re moving frontward,

By |2019-01-14T08:52:42-05:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fitness trackers are great motivators, seniors say, for stepping up activity, feeling younger

Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

Nebraskans are paying more for brand name and specialty drugs along with the rest of the nation, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Last year in Nebraska, usage of inexpensive generic drugs increased to 85 percent of total prescriptions filled, yet they made up just

By |2018-11-15T08:25:37-05:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

An enhanced $5,000 reward is now being offered by Omaha Crimestoppers for tips leading to the arrests of opioid dealers, after a contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The reward is the first of its kind in the country. Law enforcement officials from the State of Nebraska, Douglas County and

By |2018-11-05T13:16:45-05:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

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 |2018-10-02T09:20:39-05:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Don’t skip dental/vision exams – Health of America study