BCBSNE hosts Health & Safety Expo Fri., Sept. 16

Want to learn self-defense moves, check your grip strength or get a free back massage? You’ll find it at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s annual Health and Safety Expo in the Blue Cross parking garage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, September 16. 

“The more we know about our health, studies have shown, we make better choices for ourselves and our families,” Dr. Joann Schaefer, BCBSNE executive vice president and chief medical officer said. “These events can give us the push we need or re-enforce wellness efforts that are already underway.”

There will be nearly 60 organizations offering information on a wide variety of wellness and safety topics including simulators, games, demonstrations and challenges for all ages.

Star 104.5’s Terri McCormick from the Morning Show will be there broadcasting throughout the expo with special prize giveaways.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is located at Aksarben Village, 1919 Aksarben Drive. 



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.