Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized each May to increase awareness of mental health and well-being, and to educate people in order to decrease the stigma that is oftentimes associated with seeking help for mental health issues. We spoke with two Spira Care mental health professionals about the importance of mental health, ways to seek…

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Innovating Healthcare from the Inside Out, Starting in Kansas City

Healthcare today is at a crossroads – as other industries move toward on-demand, simplified user experiences, we must do the same. No longer can our mindset be, “this is how it’s done.” We must look beyond existing systems, operations and roadblocks to deliver better, smarter care. Where do we begin? Getting started can sometimes be…

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Four Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

It’s National Women’s Health Week, the annual May event that encourages women of all ages to take control of their wellness and live their healthiest possible lives. Use these four ideas to refresh your path to a healthy lifestyle or encourage the women in your lives to try them. Pledge to eat well. A healthy…

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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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