Wellness Coordinator earns top honor

Lori Thomas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s wellness coordinator, has been recognized by the Wellness Council of America as one of the top 100 health promotion professionals of 2014.  Thomas is one of 100 individuals who represent the best of the best, serving as an inspiration to many individuals whose lives they’ve touched as a result of their programs committed to promoting wellness, happiness and healthy lifestyles. 

“This is a prestigious national award and we are so proud of Lori,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer and vice president of medical care and medical management at BCBSNE.  “To have one of the top 100 health promotion professionals here is truly amazing.”

Winners were selected by a panel of judges, who reviewed entries outlining the applicant’s investment in professional development, demonstrated success, service as a leader among peers, dedication to innovative solutions and vision for the health promotion industry.



The percentage of the bill you pay after your deductible has been met.


A fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health service.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider. 


The annual amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance begins to pay.

emergency care services

Any covered services received in a hospital emergency room setting.


Includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy

in-network provider

A provider contracted by your insurance company to accept an agreed upon payment for covered services. 

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Your expenses for medical care that aren’t reimbursed by insurance, including deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments.


If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, you must have a health coverage exemption or pay a tax penalty on your federal income tax return.


The amount you pay to your health insurance company each month. 

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Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance.


Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured or have surgery. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy.

special enrollment period

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