Select-tier Health Insurance Offers Savings for Large Companies

OMAHA (Aug. 19, 2013) –  SelectBlue, a select-tier health insurance plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) designed to help lower costs, is now available to large employer groups in the Omaha area (100+ employees).

A select-tier plan offers deeper discounts at select hospitals and with specific doctors, while promoting high quality services. When SelectBlue members ch oose a physician or hospital in the select-tier network, they can reduce out-of-pocket medical costs and monthly insurance premiums.

Providers in the select-tier network are: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, The Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital, Bellevue Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Jennie Edmundson Hospital (Council Bluffs), Fremont Area Medical Center (coming soon), and SecureCare, and as well as all affiliated physicians.

“Through this collaborative effort, our goal is to help business groups offer cost-savings to their employees while receiving exceptional medical care from these trusted sources,” said Lee Handke, BCBSNE senior vice president of providers and products.

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

SelectBlue is also available for singles and families buying health insurance on their own, as well as small businesses (from two to 99 employees).

Brokers/agents, groups, and individuals interested in these select-tier plans should call (888) 232-0942 or visit .

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



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. 

OUT-OF-network provider

A term for providers that aren’t contracting with your insurance company. (Your out-of-pocket costs will tend to be more expensive if you go to an out-of-network provider.)


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. 

Preventive services

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

The time after the Open Enrollment Period when you can still purchase health insurance only if you have a qualifying life event (losing other health coverage, having a baby, getting married, moving).


A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.