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  • June 3, 2021
    • Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, BCBSNE will offer insulin on the preferred drug lists at no cost to members. This program is designed to complement the diabetes management and reversal solutions and will improve member medication adherence. There will be no additional costs for fully-insured groups; self-funded groups may opt-in and will absorb members’ costs shares.
    • BCBSNE is also introducing the Virta type 2 reversal program at no cost to members. Virta is a nutrition and wellness program designed to reverse type 2 diabetes using a ketogenic diet method. Members will use Virta-designed tools and equipment and personnel for clinical engagement. To learn more about Virta, please join us Wednesday, June 23 at 1 p.m. for a live webinar. Register Now »
    • BCBSNE makes updates to our Prescription Drug Lists (PDL) on a quarterly basis. This provides our members with up-to-date information as changes happen in the marketplace. The PDL is developed by the Prime Therapeutics National Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee. This committee is tasked with developing a clinically appropriate PDL that will meet the needs of our members. This evaluation focuses on safety, effectiveness and uniqueness of the medications on the PDL. The next step in the evaluation process is making sure our PDL is cost-effective. This approach allows our members a choice in the most cost-effective medications as the focus is clinical first, and then, if needed, costs are considered. View the July 2021 PDL Updates »
    • As a reminder, effective July 1, 2021, Express Scripts® Pharmacy will provide home delivery services and Accredo will provide specialty medications.  
      Communications to impacted members:
      • May 25: First letter – included members on file through April 9, 2021
        June 25: Second letter – includes members on file April 10 through June 4, 2021
        July 26: Third letter – includes members on file June 5 through July 2, 2021
      To further help minimize confusion for members with specialty medications, because the letters will likely not arrive until after July 1, 2021, Accredo will also make automated calls explaining the change.
  • May 14, 2021
    • Effective July 1, 2021, home delivery and specialty medication services will be transitioned from AllianceRx Walgreens Prime to Express Scripts® Pharmacy and Accredo respectively. To help you communicate these changes to your employees, we have created material for you to distribute to them. Download Material »
    • Starting May 26, 2021, members will receive letters informing them of this transition. If you have any questions, please contact your insurance agent/broker or a member of your account service team.  Read the letters »
    • Our address for mailing premium payments has changed. To ensure your group’s payments are processed in a timely manner, payments should be mailed to:
      • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
        PO Box 2638
        Omaha, NE 68103-2638
      If you have questions, please call our Group Leader Services line at 888-232-0942.
    • More than 1,000 Nebraskans and 146 companies and schools took the National Walk at Lunch (NW@L) Day pledge to walk for 30 minutes on April 28. This event brought together approximately 27,870 participants and helped raise $4,132 for Special Olympics Nebraska. Additionally, BCBSNE entered every Nebraska school that registered in a drawing for a $1,000 physical education grant. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Sutherland Public Schools! Thank you to everyone who joined us for NW@L Day. We appreciate your support and hope you’ll join us again next year!
  • Apr. 23, 2021
    • The federal mandate for medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing has been extended through July 19, 2021.  See More Information on Testing »
    • Last chance to take the National Walk at Lunch Day pledge. BCBSNE will donate $20 to Special Olympics Nebraska on behalf of every organization or school that takes the pledge. Pledge Now »
  • Apr. 9, 2021
    • Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. about upcoming changes for home delivery and specialty pharmacy. Register now »
    • Take the National Walk at Lunch Day Pledge. Pledge to walk for 30 minutes, any time, anyplace on Wednesday, April 28. 
    • Many employers are considering ways to incentivize their workforce to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more »
    • Biometric screening reminders for fully insured and BlueFlex groups:
      Medical plans do not cover biometric screenings done through an employer wellness event or offering, such as a health fair. If you conduct biometric tests, you will need to pay the wellness provider/vendor through a direct payment arrangement, meaning that the provider/vendor will bill you, and you will pay the provider/vendor directly.
    • Biometric screening reminders for self-funded groups, excluding BlueFlex:
      We will cover biometric screenings as a claim under the medical plan with prior approval. To receive approval, your group must complete and return this form. Groups are required to obtain approval each year, even if there are no changes from the previous year.
  • Mar. 5, 2021
    • Please encourage your employees to share their health journey at NebraskaBlue.com/YourStory.
    • Discover the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, why two doses are needed, when the general public can expect to be vaccinated and more. Watch videos.
  • Feb. 12, 2021 - Electronic Group Surveys: Starting April 1, 2021, our BlueFlex, BlueFreedom and PremierBlue Employer’s Report of Employee Data for Group Health Insurance (or group surveys) will be electronic. Instead of having to complete a paper form to re-verify your group’s eligibility for coverage prior to renewal, you will now be able to easily complete an electronic fillable form and email it to us. The new surveys will be emailed to you six months prior to your group’s renewal date (starting with groups that renew in October 2021). If we don’t receive the completed survey from you within 30 days, it will be emailed again to you; your broker will be cc’d at that time. We must receive the completed survey before we can begin the renewal process. If you have questions, please contact your agent/broker or a member of your BCBSNE account management team.
  • Jan. 8, 2021 - Sam's club pharmacies have decided to stay in-network for 2021.
  • Nov. 12, 2020 - The federal government has extended the mandate that requires health plans to provide coverage for COVID-19 testing and related services without member cost share through Jan. 20, 2021. See full update »
  • Nov. 4, 2020 - Effective Jan. 1, 2021, Sam’s Club pharmacies will be out of network for Prime and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska members. 
  • Oct. 16, 2020 - The recently passed Legislative Bill 997 (LB997), also known as the Out-of-Network Emergency Medical Care Act, keeps consumers from getting surprise bills from out-of-network providers or facilities for medical emergencies. See more information and updated documents »
  • Oct. 9, 2020 - Starting Nov. 1, 2020, COVID-19 testing done for non-diagnostic purposes such as public surveillance or employment, will not be covered because it is not considered medically appropriate. See full update »
  • Oct. 2, 2020 - Every year small and mid-size employers (2-150 employees) are required to provide the annual Notice of Creditable Coverage to their employees by Oct. 15. Find Creditable Coverage status »
  • August 21, 2020 - We have made the decision to extend our waiver of member cost share for medically appropriate in-network COVID-19 testing and treatment through Dec. 31, 2020. See full update » 
    • Our address for mailing premium payments has changed. To ensure your group clients’ payments are processed in a timely manner, payments should be mailed to:
      Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
      PO Box 2638
      Omaha, NE 68103-2638
      More details »
    • Preventive messaging and a Save to PDF function have been added to the provider finder and cost estimator. More information »
  • July 17, 2020 - Help us better understand your health plan needs. Take this 10 minute survey to share your feedback. Take survey
  • June 26, 2020 - The IRS announced the contribution limits for 2021 HSAs.  Download the HSA and HDHP FAQ flier »
  • Join a live webinar on Wednesday, July 15 to learn how to empower employees to improve their vision health.  Register now »
  • June 19, 2020 - BCBSNE will not require approval for member to receive flu shots if the provider administrating the shot is in-network effective Jan. 1, 2021.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2021, fully-insured and BlueFlex groups will need to use a wellness vendor to provide biometric screenings and will need to pay the vendor directly.
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2021, for self-funded groups, BCBSNE will cover biometric screenings with prior approval. To obtain approval, please complete and return the Request to Cover Biometric Screenings form
  • June 5, 2020 - Register for a demo of health and wellness discount program. Register now »
  • Apr. 10, 2020 - Our address for mailing premium payments has changed. To ensure your group clients’ payments are processed in a timely manner, payments should be mailed to:
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
    PO Box 2638
    Omaha, NE 68103-2638
  • March 10, 2020 - We wanted to let you know how we are responding to help you and your employees access needed medical care related to the coronavirus outbreak. Visit NebraskaBlue.com/Coronavirus for more information »
  • Feb. 7, 2020 - New Preferred Centers, formally known as Centers of Excellence, are the preferred destination for members in need of total knee or hip replacements. Learn about Preferred Centers »
  • Oct. 18, 2019 - Columbus Community Hospital will be part of our Centers of Excellence program starting Jan. 1, 2020. Learn about Centers of Excellence »
  • Oct. 11, 2019 - Many plans moved to PDL 40 on July 1, or upon renewal thereafter. Read about how this impacts your employees. Learn more »
  • Oct. 3, 2019 - Creditable Coverage notices need to be sent by Oct. 15, 2019. Read more »
  • Sept. 13, 2019 - Returned member ID cards for ALL GROUPS will be given to group leaders to distribute to their employees. This is to ensure all members receive their ID cards. Read More »
    • Reminder of termination of fully insured groups with unpaid invoices. Read More »
  • Aug. 2, 2019 - There's a new facility in Millard that is out-of-network. Read More »
  • July 12, 2019 - Manage Your Health Care emails will be sent to employees with myBlue accounts on the third Thursday of every month: July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. You will be notified a week prior to these emails being sent.
  • June 28, 2019 - Receive up to 35% off Garmin wearables and accessories through the Blue365 program. View flier »
  • June 7, 2019 - Manage Your Health Care Guide includes "Avoiding the ER this summer." See Toolkit »
  • May 10, 2019 - Manage Your Health Care Guide includes "Understanding Preauthorizations." See Toolkit »
  • May 1, 2019 - New ID cards, group and roll numbers, and increased flexibility are coming with our upgraded claims and membership platform, HealthRules. Read More »
  • Apr. 19, 2019 - We are hosting Medicare Age-In seminars for group employees. See Dates »
  • Apr. 5, 2019 - View the changes being made as BCBSNE switches to HealthRules. Read More »
  • Mar. 8, 2019 - Manage Your Health Care includes "Pharmacy Benefits & Preparing Your Taxes." See Toolkit »
  • Feb. 8, 2019 - Manage Your Health Care Guide includes "Know Where to Go For Care." See Toolkit »
  • Jan. 11, 2019 - Enhanced diabetes management program available now. See What's New »
  • Jan. 2019 - New Manage Your Health Care plan for 2019.  See Toolkit »
  • Dec. 14, 2018 - Manage Your Health Care Playbook includes "Estimate 2019 Costs." See Toolkit »
  • Nov. 16, 2018 - The Manage Your Health Care Playbook includes "Preparing for Next Year." See Toolkit »

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