HealthyOptions program helps member make strides to a healthier lifestyle

Before enrolling in the HealthyOptions program at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Timothy Yette was weak, lacked energy and had a slew of health problems. He ate fast food and drank one gallon of soda every day; he knew he needed to do some things differently but didn’t take the first step until after a near death experience behind the wheel. In February … Continue reading HealthyOptions program helps member make strides to a healthier lifestyle

{Guest blog} Improve and maintain 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. Maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. By prioritizing your emotional, psychological and social well-being, you are better equipped to deal with stressful times more effectively and feel better overall. Here are some tips to improve … Continue reading {Guest blog} Improve and maintain your mental health

{Guest blog} Take a break and walk today for National Walk @ Lunch Day

Fellow Kansans, National Walk @ Lunch Day is today, and I hope you will join me and our Commerce team by taking a walk. Many of us think we have to schedule a specific time in our day to go to the gym or exercise. Well, we all know that type of plan doesn’t always work with our busy and ever-changing schedules and life interruptions. … Continue reading {Guest blog} Take a break and walk today for National Walk @ Lunch Day

Wellness program helps member take control of her health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) member, Alice R., wanted to take control of her stress and blood pressure. After utilizing the BCBSKS wellness program to meet her goals, Alice tells us about her experience: I was looking to stabilize my blood pressure without the use of medication and I learned about the wellness program when I read a member’s testimony in your … Continue reading Wellness program helps member take control of her health

{Guest blog} Effective communication

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need. Communicating effectively can be complex and require practice and skill. Fortunately, there are specific things that you can do to build your communication tool box. Follow the suggestions below to learn some of the key techniques. Create an … Continue reading {Guest blog} Effective communication

{Video} Heart disease in women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability for women in the United States. Yet, somehow Heart disease is often overlooked as a major women’s health issue. It is the cause of death for 1 in 5 women in the U.S., and heart disease and stroke combined cause the death of 1 in 3 women every year. That’s more than all cancers combined.  … Continue reading {Video} Heart disease in women

The unseen heroes of health insurance – case management nurses

As a case manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Jennifer Powers works directly with many of our members who have chronic, severe or catastrophic illnesses. She advocates for them, collaborates with their providers, advises them about cost-effective treatments, and helps them understand how to get the best value from their healthcare. At its core, case management helps our members and their families … Continue reading The unseen heroes of health insurance – case management nurses

{Guest blog} Balancing work and life

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to make sure our members and employees have access to the behavioral health resources they need. Despite the ongoing quest for work-life balance, many of us struggle to understand what this concept actually means. The truth is, we could all use a little help defining what balance looks and feels like in our lives. … Continue reading {Guest blog} Balancing work and life