Health Insurance

Why You Need a Primary Care Provider

The demands of our busy lifestyles can make it difficult for us to justify making a trip to the doctor for preventive care. It’s not uncommon to dismiss the option of routine healthcare check-ups and screenings, instead to only make a trip to the doctor when facing injury or illness. This disjointed approach to care,…

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What to Know About Advance Care Planning

Advanced care planning is crucial to ensure that your health care team, family and loved ones are informed to make important decisions on your behalf during a health crisis. No one can predict when a catastrophic medical event may take place, so don’t wait to start these imperative conversations. Blue KC Director of Care Management…

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Six Facts About Spira Care

Over the past year, Spira Care has opened five locations across Kansas and Missouri to serve its growing member base.  Our integrated primary care model is built on the promise of a stress-free member experience that enables stronger relationships with primary care providers. As our members begin or continue to use Spira Care, we have…

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Spira Care: Inside the Care Centers

The goal of Spira Care is to change the face of healthcare by delivering a member-centered care experience that empowers change in our members’ health and lives – and that starts at our Care Centers. Spira Care combines care and coverage under one roof, simplifying the traditional healthcare experience and making it more personal and…

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Spira Care: Get to Know Your Care Guides

To celebrate the upcoming openings of three new Care Centers in Missouri (Crossroads, Lee’s Summit and Liberty), we spoke with our Spira Care Care Guides to get their thoughts on Spira Care, their roles and what makes Spira Care different. If you’re unfamiliar with Spira Care, it’s a first-of-its-kind healthcare offering available to eligible Blue…

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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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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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