Provider Networks for Groups of 51+ Employees

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and CHI Health have collaborated to develop a new provider network choice for employer groups: Blueprint Health. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, this new network option will be available to employer groups headquartered in the Omaha/Lincoln and surrounding communities in ZIP codes 680, 681, 683, 684 and 685, as well as Adams, Buffalo, Hall, Kearney and Phelps counties. 

How to choose the right network for your group employees (51+):

It’s important to select a network that offers quality providers, easy access and affordable costs. Our networks are:

  • Blueprint HealthNEW! Regional two-tier network supporting Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and Kearney areas in collaboration with CHI Health. Children's Hospital and Medical Center is also included, and additional providers will be added in the near future. 
  • Premier Select BlueChoice – Regional two-tier network supporting Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding communities in partnership with Nebraska Methodist Health System, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine, Bryan Health and their affiliated physicians. 
  • NEtwork BLUE – Statewide two-tier network including 100% of Nebraska's non-governmental, acute care hospitals and 95% of Nebraska's physicians.


Triple Network Option Available

Effective immediately, we are allowing groups to be presented with the two regional networks side-by-side to compare rates. This also means that the network options on quotes have increased from two to three, since we will now allow groups to view any combination of NEtwork BLUE, Premier Select BlueChoice AND Blueprint Health side by side.

Previously, presenting both regional networks was not allowed.

The sale of all three options side by side will be subject to internal approval. Reach out to your sales executive or account executive for further information.



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.