Health Insurance

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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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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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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Meet the Spira Care Doctors

The Spira Care Olathe Center is now open! Spira Care is an innovative primary care and insurance offering that takes place at convenient locations with no deductibles, no copays and no additional cost for any procedures performed at the Care Centers.* Lauren Bessey, DO, and Jason Bessey, DO, both Family Medicine and Primary Care physicians,…

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Medicare Advantage Annual Enrollment Period Ends on December 7

If you would like to consider a Medicare Advantage plan, now is the time to explore your options. Navigating Medicare options can be confusing, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is here to help. Blue KC is proud to offer Blue Medicare Advantage. Blue Medicare Advantage includes two HMO plans,…

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Spira Care: A Step Towards the Future of Care Delivery

Disruptions are currently taking place across all industries that are completely changing how consumers engage with companies. From Amazon and online shopping to Uber and transportation, traditional delivery models are evolving at the speed of light. Healthcare is no different; we know change is necessary to better meet your needs and move the industry toward…

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Spotlighting the Because We Care Team

Easing the burden of loss is the main focus of the Because We Care Team. The team was created in 2010 when several customer service representatives completed grief training to provide personal services to caregivers or family members of Blue KC members who had passed away. Because We Care representatives reach out to the caregiver…

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Making the Primary Care Connection

Sometimes our busy lives make it difficult to find time to visit the doctor for preventive care. It’s easy to put off visiting the doctor for things that seem unimportant until an injury or illness forces you to slow down and take time off to go to the doctor. This disjointed approach to care, when…

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Blue KC Listens

What you think matters. Your opinions provide insight on what’s important to you. Blue KC Listens is an online panel where Blue KC members can share their opinions and offer suggestions about how Blue KC can better serve you. Blue KC Listens panel members are sent an email with a link to a short survey.…

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Understanding Health Savings Accounts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is committed to keeping you informed when it comes to your health insurance plan. If you’re a member of a Blue KC BlueSaver® PPO health insurance plan, you can enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA). What is an HSA? An HSA allows members enrolled…

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