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May 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Isabella Line

Isabella Line will always remember the words of her great-grandmother. “Can’t never did anything,” she’d tell Isabella, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kansas. And now, Isabella is taking that advice and putting it to good use for the betterment of her school and the lives of her peers. “That phrase reminds…

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Blue KC Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is celebrated every year from May 6 to 12 to recognize the profound contributions nurses make to the community. This week, Blue KC is celebrating its own nurses, including those who practice at our Spira Care Centers in Shawnee and Olathe. Empowered to Help Ashley Andre, a Licensed Practical Nurse at Spira…

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Understanding Step Therapy

What is Step Therapy? Step therapy ensures you get the safest, most effective and reasonably-priced drug available. Step therapy means trying less expensive options before “stepping up” to drugs that cost more. Do More Expensive Drugs Work Better? A higher cost does not mean that a drug is better. A brand name drug may have…

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Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch

Yes, it can be hard to find time in your schedule to squeeze in some physical activity. However, walking is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise. And here’s your perfect opportunity to get started. Wednesday, April 25 is the 10th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day sponsored by Blue Cross…

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Healthy Recipes: Spring Tuscan Bean & Kale Stew

Soups are a great way to combine a number of healthy ingredients into a delicious one-pot meal. This white bean and kale stew recipe from Chef Kyle Williams, head chef of our Live Blue Kitchen + Café, is packed with legumes, herbs, vegetables and rustic good taste. Makes 1 gallon Ingredients: Kale, Rough chopped –…

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April 2018 Blue KC Sporting Samaritan: Lisa Painter

Every weekday morning, P.E. teacher and track coach Lisa Painter greets the elementary students of Kansas City Christian School as they get out of their parents’ cars. Carrying her signature smile, she makes sure that the students are welcomed to the building for the day and are received by a friendly face. “If my children…

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Everything you need to know about the 1095 form

With tax season in full swing, you may be wondering what to do with those 1095 forms, and what they’re all about. So let’s clear the air. A 1095 form is kind of like a W-2 form. Your employer or insurer sends one copy to the IRS and one copy to you. A W-2 reports…

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Childhood Allergies: Be Aware So You Can Prepare

Spring is here, and while it’s often a welcome reprieve after a long winter, it also brings seasonal allergies. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association recently examined American children diagnosed with different kinds of allergies and allergic reactions for the newest installment of its Health of America series, Childhood Allergies in America. The findings…

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Making Healthy Choices When Eating at Restaurants

For many people, eating out is a way to relax and socialize. But if you are watching your weight or just are concerned with healthy eating, dining out can be a challenge. The good news is that usually there are healthier options at every restaurant, even at fast-food places. By following some simple guidelines, you…

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Bringing Spira Care to Life

When the idea that would evolve into Spira Care first came to mind in early 2016, we had no concept of what was to come. We at Blue KC constantly strive to provide a better healthcare experience for our members, so we wanted to know what it would be like if we could recreate it…

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