Children's Joins SelectBlue Three-Tiered Network

OMAHA (May 30, 2013) – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska’s only pediatric health care center, has joined a “select-tier” care network designed to offer exceptional care and lower medical and health insurance costs for Omaha area residents.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) developed the SelectBlue select-tier product and network in 2012, originally with the Nebraska Methodist Health System and The Nebraska Medical Center.

When SelectBlue policyholders choose a physician or hospital in the select-tier network, they can reduce out-of-pocket medical costs and monthly insurance premiums.

“With the addition of Children’s to the network, the community now has more affordable access to a premier provider of pediatric care in the region,” said Lee Handke, BCBSNE senior vice president of providers and products.

Children's Hospital & Medical Center provides care in a number of specialized areas for children and young adults. The hospital treats more than 250,000 children and adolescents each year. It is recognized as a 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in cardiology, heart surgery and cancer.

In addition to Children’s and Children’s Physicians, Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, Midwest Endoscopy Services and SecureCare have also joined the SelectBlue select-tier network.

The SelectBlue product and network are available for singles/families buying health insurance on their own, and also for small businesses (from two to 99 employees). Business owners can buy small group three-tier options that offer cost savings for employees using the same select network of hospitals and physicians.

SelectBlue coverage is available in the Omaha metro area, which includes Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Burt and Otoe counties.

Hospitals and medical facilities included in the SelectBlue agreement are: Bellevue Medical Center, Children’s, Jennie Edmundson Hospital (Council Bluffs), Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, The Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital and all affiliated physicians.

Individuals interested in SelectBlue should call 877-444-2583.

For more information, contact Nathan Odgaard, (402) 982-6528.