Healthy Habits for Life grants help bring new equipment, programs to local schools

Each year, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation shares nearly $200,000 in Healthy Habits for Life grants to assist schools in implementing programs that promote healthy lifestyle choices to their K-12 students. This year, 119 schools were awarded grants. These school-based programs must address at least one of four criteria: reduce cardiovascular risk, increase physical activity, learn healthy eating habits, and reinforce positive mental health … Continue reading Healthy Habits for Life grants help bring new equipment, programs to local schools

Considering a specialty carve-out?

In the search for savings, beware of the risks Specialty carve-outs expose employers to ethical and compliance issues, and more On the surface, it sounds like a good idea. “Carve out” the most costly part of your prescription drug coverage, specialty drugs, by working with a third-party vendor that can focus on savings. But it’s important to understand what is happening behind the scenes and … Continue reading Considering a specialty carve-out?

Take Steps Now to Stay Mobile Longer

Mobility is how well a person can move and get around. It’s not just walking or driving. It also affects things like whether you can do chores and take care of yourself at home. You may not be able to change or control all the factors that impact your mobility. But you can take steps to protect your independence as you age. And there are … Continue reading Take Steps Now to Stay Mobile Longer

{Guest blog} Maintaining your mental health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Eating healthy foods and exercising can make you feel good and live longer. Another key part to this is your mental health. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that … Continue reading {Guest blog} Maintaining your mental health

Get the complete picture: Bundle your medical and pharmacy benefits for better care, more savings

You don’t have to settle for a patchwork of benefits Prescription drug coverage is an important part of your employees’ health care. It’s also a major cost concern for you, as an employer. By bundling your employees’ pharmacy and medical benefits, there are major advantages. An integrated approach drives bigger savings for your company and provides better overall care for your employees. Improves health outcomes … Continue reading Get the complete picture: Bundle your medical and pharmacy benefits for better care, more savings

Quitting smoking is possible through HealthyOptions program

While Jana knew smoking was bad for her; and she knew she should stop, she was just going through the “quitting” motions until some of her friends were diagnosed with cancer and other friends suddenly died. When Jana enrolled in the tobacco cessation program, she was assigned to Jennifer, lead disease management nurse. “Jennifer kept nudging me with encouragement and facts,” recalls Jana. “We came … Continue reading Quitting smoking is possible through HealthyOptions program

Meal Prep 101: How to Take Charge in the Kitchen

Scrambling to make dinner last minute? Ordering takeout because you didn’t plan ahead? It’s time to introduce you to a new teammate: meal prepping. Meal prepping puts your game plan for the week (or month) into action ahead of time. And that’s a win on hectic days. Preparing ingredients, some dishes, or entire meals in advance doesn’t just lower stress. It may also help you: … Continue reading Meal Prep 101: How to Take Charge in the Kitchen

Proteja su salud cuando viaje al extranjero

GeoBlue le brinda tranquilidad para viajes internacionales. Es verano, y más que nunca, eso significa que es tiempo de viajar. Puede que incluso esté planeando un viaje de ensueño al exterior. Lo último que quiere es preocuparse por necesitar atención médica cuando está en un país extranjero. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas puede ayudar a aliviar esas preocupaciones con planes de seguro médico … Continue reading Proteja su salud cuando viaje al extranjero