Spill the tea: can this drink help diabetes?

No magic potion can solve all your health problems. But if you have diabetes, there is a beverage that may boost your ability to manage your condition. What’s more, it comes in many colors and flavors, and it’s simple to find on your grocery store shelf. It’s tea – and whether you prefer green, black or oolong, research suggests sipping a cup, or a few, … Continue reading Spill the tea: can this drink help diabetes?

What you need to know about the “family glitch”

Some of your employees may now be eligible for Marketplace subsidies The definition of “affordable” group coverage has been problematic since the arrival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2013. Known as the “family glitch,” it has barred millions of employees from receiving subsidized health insurance through the Marketplace. Just in time for January 2023 enrollment, the IRS has fixed the “family glitch.” This … Continue reading What you need to know about the “family glitch”

Disease management program helps member take control of prediabetes diagnosis

When Kim Sachse was diagnosed with chronic heart failure and prediabetes, she thought it was nerve-wracking and had a lot of questions. She knew that she needed to add low-sodium and lower carb options to her diet, and she knew she needed to exercise, but didn’t really know how to start making changes. Then, Kim received a letter inviting her to enroll in the Blue … Continue reading Disease management program helps member take control of prediabetes diagnosis

Mental health and substance abuse disorders

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. Nobody plans to become addicted to drugs or alcohol, yet it happens often. Plenty of people can enjoy the occasional alcoholic drink or take prescribed pain medications and still lead a healthy life. But addiction develops slowly over time, which is … Continue reading Mental health and substance abuse disorders

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

4 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Age

While medical advancements have made aging easier for some, changes in society may make it more difficult for others. Researchers estimate about 27% of older Americans live without a family member or caretaker looking after their needs. This growing group is called elder orphans. More adults may not have children to help them as they age. That’s partly because childhood obesity rates began to climb … Continue reading 4 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Age