Member E-News

Thank you for choosing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas as your health insurance carrier. This newsletter is sent periodically with details of what's new at www.bcbsks.com and other information about news, products and services that may be of interest to you.

Health Care Reform

Stay informed on health care reform at bcbsks.com

Confused about all the changes happening as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was signed into law on March 23? We're here to help!

We have created a special section specific to the topic to keep our members, employer groups and other visitors informed as we continue to learn more about what this new law means to you.

Check out the section by clicking on the Health Care Reform icon on our home page, www.bcbsks.com.

You also may want to sign up to receive our eNewsletter that is sent whenever we have added new information to this section. If you aren't already on the list to receive that e-mail, sign up here: http://www.bcbsks.com/news/SpecialReports/HealthCareReform/enews.htm 

Resource Blue

Check out the new, improved Resource Blue - now partnering with WebMD and Blue 365

Have you taken a look at what's new with Resource Blue, our value-added health and wellness program for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas members? We have partnered with WebMD® to provide trusted, comprehensive information you need to make smart choices about your health. Members also have access to Blue365®, a national program providing exclusive discounts on health and wellness products and services.

Take a look today and get more out of your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas health plan with Resource Blue.

Walk at Lunch Day

BCBSKS to introduce COPD Healthy Options care management program on July 1

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe, and while there is no cure for COPD, if managed properly complications can be reduced. A Healthy Options care management program is being created to help members who have COPD.

"Our goal of this new program is to provide information to help members with COPD relieve symptoms, slow the progress of COPD, stay active and improve overall health," says Dana Hammontree, quality improvement and care management manager.

Participating members receive one-one-one phone guidance and support from a certified nurse care manager regarding the importance of following the doctor's treatment plan, nutrition, diet, risk factors, medications and exercise.

If you have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or COPD please call us toll-free at 1-800-520-3137 or visit www.bcbsks.com/resourceblue to learn more about our Healthy Options care management programs.

Healthy Options is a free program designed to help members, ages 21 to 63, who have BCBSKS as their primary carrier. Participation in the program is voluntary and the member may elect to withdraw at any time.

Turn off paper SOCPs

You can help support those affected by lung disease while preventing paper waste

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is committed to keeping our members healthy while providing the most cost-effective health plans possible. You can help us do both in 2010 with an innovative program that helps members support those affected by lung disease while allowing us to reduce our administrative expenses.

For each member who chooses to receive his or her summary of claims processed (SOCP) statements online, we will donate $1 to the American Lung Association. The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. In particular, the funds will remain locally as they go to support the Freedom from Smoking program. Freedom From Smoking (FFS) is a community based smoking cessation program that offers a supportive environment in which individuals can quit smoking.

Besides receiving your summary information faster, opting to receive your SOCPs online is good for the environment because it reduces paper waste; it helps Blue Cross reduce paper and postage expense; and it helps the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.

Learn more details about getting started at www.bcbsks.com/socp

Healthy You

You will soon be receiving the summer issue of Healthy You or Seniority in the mail. These newsletters are designed to provide timely health and wellness information to help all of us lead healthier lives.

The most recent newsletters, as well as several archived issues also are available on our Web site.

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