5 tips to select a high-quality individual insurance plan that meets your needs and budget

Updated February 15, 2021– The health insurance marketplace (healthcare.gov) has reopened under a special open enrollment period running from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15. If you are uninsured, or underinsured, you can now sign up for a 2021 health insurance plan. As we approach open enrollment season this fall, we want to help you feel informed when selecting an individual health insurance plan that meets … Continue reading 5 tips to select a high-quality individual insurance plan that meets your needs and budget

{Guest blog} Six tips to help you avoid procrastination

Sometimes it’s easier to put your responsibilities aside when you feel overwhelmed, overworked or distracted by more enjoyable pursuits. However, when you postpone too many projects, your life can feel disorganized and out of control. Here are some tips to avoid procrastination as you learn to focus on the tasks at hand. Make a commitment to yourself to complete your tasks on time. Motivate yourself … Continue reading {Guest blog} Six tips to help you avoid procrastination

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide every year. Read that again. Upsetting, right? One way you can help lower this statistic is to talk about it. Having open conversations about mental health and emotional struggles helps reduce the stigma – which is what prevents a lot of people from seeking the help they need. You … Continue reading September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Understanding the importance of the HPV vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been brought to my attention multiple times during the past few months; but the most concerning of those mentions was news from a local oncologist. The oncologist mentioned Kansans performed poorly in HPV immunization.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV causes more than 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women every year in the U.S. … Continue reading Understanding the importance of the HPV vaccination

Learn the ABCs of Medicare

Turning 65 is an exciting milestone! You’re at a stage in life where you can do what you like, with more time and freedom to do it. It also means it’s time to think about the Medicare coverage you’ll need to ensure you can stay healthy and live confidently. It goes without saying that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to finding … Continue reading Learn the ABCs of Medicare

Back to school advice from former school nurses

The days of summer vacation are winding down and you’re undoubtedly in back to school mode to make sure your child is ready for the upcoming year. Part of the preparation probably includes paperwork from the school nurse. Before you groan at the thought of filling out another form, consider the role a school nurse plays in the health and happiness of your child. BCBSKS … Continue reading Back to school advice from former school nurses

How to use your health insurance network

We’ve heard from our customers that being able to see their preferred doctor or using their hospital of choice is a top priority when considering a health insurer. With 96% of all eligible providers participating in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas networks, including 99% of all medical doctors and 100% of all acute care facilities, we’re proud to offer our members an … Continue reading How to use your health insurance network

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