Where do your premium dollars go?

How’s this for an understatement: Healthcare is expensive. Just how expensive is it? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2020, the U.S. spent $4.1 trillion — or $12,530 per person—on healthcare. That’s 19.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), meaning we’ve now reached the point where nearly one of every five dollars in the U.S. is spent on healthcare. … Continue reading Where do your premium dollars go?

Is a level-funded plan a good choice for my small business?

As an alternative to traditional, Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas offers BlueEdge level-funded plans. Designed for groups with 5-50 employees, BlueEdge plans are small business friendly, designed to help you share in the savings good health brings. Basically, level-funded means your payment is capped at a set amount. Blue Cross will help you evaluate your maximum claims … Continue reading Is a level-funded plan a good choice for my small business?

The economic impact of caregiving

Caregivers are an invisible workforce. They play a critical role in the health and success of our communities and the U.S. healthcare system, and much of this demand is satisfied through uncompensated care. The number of American adults who serve as a caregiver continues to grow at a rapid rate, as over 51 million elderly adults require a caregiver to manage serious medical conditions. Caregiving … Continue reading The economic impact of caregiving

2021 legislative update on Kansas health insurance laws

As 2021 gets underway, both federal and state legislative and regulatory changes are expected to modify health plan benefits for Kansans. Below, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Sunee Mickle provides an update on how a few of these changes may affect our members. As the largest health insurer in Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of … Continue reading 2021 legislative update on Kansas health insurance laws

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas celebrates Customer Service Week honorees

John Maxwell once said, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”  And that is exactly what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) Customer Service department believes. Since 1945, BCBSKS has made excellent customer service a priority to their members and that excellence still carries on today. National Customer Service Week was established by the International Customer Service Association (ICSA) in 1984 and proclaimed a national … Continue reading Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas celebrates Customer Service Week honorees

Trends in pregnancy and childbirth complications in the U.S. – Postpartum Depression

Last week we took a deeper look at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association data on pregnancy and childbirth complications. From pre-existing conditions to gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, the data showed significant increases in complications. The increase in pregnancy related complications doesn’t just end once the baby is delivered. Postpartum depression is affecting more women than ever before. Increases in postpartum depression In 2018, nearly … Continue reading Trends in pregnancy and childbirth complications in the U.S. – Postpartum Depression

Trends in pregnancy and childbirth complications in the U.S.

A nationwide analysis of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association data reveals an increasing number of women are experiencing pregnancy and childbirth complications. As a result of this data, last week we announced our new maternity program aimed to support pregnant and postpartum women. Read more about the new program and how to enroll here.  Chronic conditions are more prevalent before pregnancy Pre-existing conditions increase the … Continue reading Trends in pregnancy and childbirth complications in the U.S.

Legislative update on Kansas health and life insurance laws

The 2019 Kansas legislative session introduced several changes to the state’s health and life insurance laws. Below, BCBSKS vice president of government and community relations Sunee Mickle provides an update on how they will affect our members. Every year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is active at the Kansas Statehouse to help educate lawmakers about new health and life insurance legislation. Our goal … Continue reading Legislative update on Kansas health and life insurance laws