For 85 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has been proud to serve our members and communities across the state.  

Here are just a few reasons we love calling Nebraska our home: 


1. The people 

Besides unique landscapes and weather to complement every season, the people are the reason we love working and playing in Nebraska. Nebraskans are strong and resilient, embrace strangers as longtime friends and go the extra mile to achieve their goals or lend a helping hand.  

2. Celebrating sports 

Nebraskans love their sports teams, win or lose. Nebraskans show up, even when the odds are against them, to cheer their favorite team on until the final buzzer. We have broken world records for women’s sport attendance during a University of Nebraska volleyball game held in Memorial Stadium, hosted four swimming and two curling Olympic trial events and invite the country to cheer on their favorite NCAA baseball team during the College World Series each summer.  

3. Agricultural heritage 

Nebraska has been a powerhouse in agricultural development since the Homestead Act passed in 1862, supplying grains, beans and livestock to the rest of the country. Today, Nebraska is home to 45 million acres of farmland and an award-winning Future Farmers of America foundation. 

4. Space to play outside 

Nebraska’s wide-open spaces give us a sense of freedom and allow us to experience a connection to the land. Home to over 70 state parks, recreation areas and historical parks, there’s space to enjoy almost any outdoor activity you can imagine. We’re grateful for the opportunities our outdoor spaces give us to camp, climb, work and play across the state. 

5. Food and drinks 

Nebraska has great eats across the state.  

Omaha is home to award winning restaurants, like Coneflower Creamery, which ranked first in Yelp’s top 100 ice cream shops in the U.S. in 2023, and Yoshitomo and Block 16, which have both been nominated for James Beard awards.  

Temperature Tuesdays at Runza celebrate the chilly weather Nebraskans experience and give us a reason to enjoy the ground beef and cabbage sandwiches that have been around since the first Runza restaurant opened in Lincoln in 1949.  

Did you know a Nebraskan invented Kool-Aid? The powdered drink mix was invented in 1927 by Edwin Perkins in Hastings. 

6. Landmarks  

We love Nebraska’s natural and man-made landmarks, such as Carhenge, located in Alliance. Thirty-nine automobiles make up Carhenge, one of Nebraska’s most unique landmarks and a favorite pit stop for travelers heading west. Speaking of traveling west, back in the day, Chimney Rock served as a famous landmark for pioneers.  

In conclusion 

From the people that keep Nebraska moving forward to the Runzas that keep them fueled, we love the parts of Nebraska that make us, us. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Nebraska’s history for the last 85 years! We’re excited to continue being a champion for the health and well-being of our members and the communities we serve.  

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