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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 |2019-10-30T10:24:28-06:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Snowbirds have unique Medicare options to consider

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska expands Medicare Advantage coverage to 11 new counties

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has expanded Medicare Advantage coverage to 11 additional counties in Nebraska. “This expansion allows us to reach even more Nebraskans with a full portfolio of health insurance options for individuals who are Medicare eligible,” Tom Gilsdorf, director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska said. The new

By |2019-11-05T15:07:30-06:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: News Releases, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska expands Medicare Advantage coverage to 11 new counties

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 |2019-10-04T08:20:40-06:00October 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 |2019-09-19T09:42:59-06:00September 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

Medicare meetings clear confusion for “almost” retirees

They came to the meeting with a great deal of uncertainty, admitting they didn’t know much about their post-retirement health insurance options. Patricia and Marcus Rasmussen will both turn 65 this year and came to the Medicare meeting hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to get advice and answers. “We’re confused

By |2019-08-26T11:27:45-06:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare meetings clear confusion for “almost” retirees

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 |2019-08-21T14:52:26-06:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Insurance 101|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Medicare coverage options are plentiful but enrollment choices generate lots of FAQs

Here’s 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 72 percent are taking care of a family member age 50 or older. If you are a caregiver to someone who is Medicare eligible, here's a guide to assessing plan options and advocating on their behalf, especially during the Annual

By |2018-11-12T08:50:33-06:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Insurance 101, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Here’s what you need to know if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s Medicare eligible

New to Medicare? Make sure you understand prescription drug coverage

Deductibles. Copayments. Coverage Gaps. For those new to Medicare, how prescription drugs are covered is important. Yet the language we use can be confusing. This guide provides some important things to know about drug coverage for those on Medicare ahead of the annual election period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.          

By |2019-08-07T09:34:11-06:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New to Medicare? Make sure you understand prescription drug coverage

Deciphering Medicare: What you need to know as election period nears

For those new to Medicare, the pieces and parts of the various plans can be confusing. This 10-point primer is just what the doctor ordered to help anyone age 65 and older through the annual election period, Oct. 15-Dec. 7.                         Courtesy Jay Reilly

By |2018-09-10T11:21:01-06:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Our Take|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Deciphering Medicare: What you need to know as election period nears

New Medicare ID cards being mailed

In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of mailing new ID cards to everyone covered by Medicare. CMS will mail the new cards by geographic location and other factors, with the goal of having all cards replaced by April 2019. For people in Iowa and Nebraska

By |2019-08-07T10:02:54-06:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Medicare ID cards being mailed