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Regence’s Dara Smith visits with local Oregon podcast to discuss 2020 Medicare health plan options and benefits

Regence’s Dara Smith visits with local Oregon podcast to discuss 2020 Medicare health plan options and benefits

Every year Oregonians can choose from a variety of Medicare coverage options to meet their personal health care needs and budgets. Eligible shoppers can enroll in a new plan during the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual election period (AEP), which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7* for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2020. Learning about the different plans and benefits can quickly become overwhelming. Some people work with an insurance agent to gather information about Medicare plans, and organizations like Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) can also offer resources and support. Dara Smith, who oversees Regence’s Medicare product and sales, recently shared her expertise on Insurance Talk, a podcast hosted by Bancorp Insurance in Deschutes County, Ore.
November 19, 2019 Oregon
Former NBA player Chris Herren shares journey of addiction and recovery

Former NBA player Chris Herren shares journey of addiction and recovery

Many parents believe that first drink is part of growing up. A rite of passage. No real harm. But the scariest thing about addiction is, you don’t know who might be at risk – until it’s too late. Chris Herren has been there. He had his first drink at age 14, he says, breaking a promise to his mother that he wouldn’t. His father, a Massachusetts politician, remains an alcoholic, and from Herren’s own first drink came an ever-escalating addiction from beers in high school, to cocaine in college and finally painkillers and heroin during his professional basketball career. Herren, 44, shared his story Wednesday night at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin in an appearance organized by Tualatin Together and sponsored by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. Eleven years sober, Herren is now focused on prevention, taking his motivational message to more than 1 million students in communities nationwide.
November 14, 2019 Oregon
BCBSA, Moody’s Analytics cite deteriorating millennial health and future economic consequences

BCBSA, Moody’s Analytics cite deteriorating millennial health and future economic consequences

The health of millennials is nearing a state of crisis. Health care professionals, providers and employers gathered this week to discuss the generation’s health after a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Health of America Report earlier this year showed that they are less healthy than their GenX counterparts were at the same age. Hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), Wednesday’s Health of American Forum on Millennial Health in Philadelphia also coincided with the release of a new Moody’s Analytics report that shows significant economic repercussions from the adverse health trend. The BCBSA millennial health report, based on an analysis of member claims data available through Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans nationwide, cited a significant increase in 10 major health conditions, like type 2 diabetes, depression and hypertension.
November 08, 2019 All Markets
Tacoma Rescue Mission finds success treating homelessness and addiction with New Life Program

Tacoma Rescue Mission finds success treating homelessness and addiction with New Life Program

Regence believes that every partnership we cultivate, every dollar we pledge and every hour we volunteer make the communities in which we live, work and play healthier. This post is part of a blog series that highlights how Regence is collaborating with community partners to positively impact the quality of life of people and families in our communities. For single mom Sophia, Tacoma Rescue Mission’s New Life Program offered a way out of the cruel cycle of homelessness and addiction—and she isn’t the only success story. The Tacoma Rescue Mission (TRM) provides over 300,000 free meals to those in need every year, as well as safe, warm shelter to over 1,200 homeless people in the Pierce County and Tacoma-area of Washington. As a result, hundreds re-enter the workforce, and more than half increase their income while staying at the mission.
November 04, 2019 Washington
Regence welcomes Dr. Amy Khan as executive medical director

Regence welcomes Dr. Amy Khan as executive medical director

Salt Lake City, (October 28, 2019) – Regence BlueShield of Idaho and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah have named Dr. Amy J. Khan as the executive medical director for both health plans. She will lead statewide medical cost and quality stewardship activities in Idaho and Utah. By driving strategic alignment with local health care providers in service to Regence members, Khan will further the company’s mission to make care simpler, better and more affordable.
October 29, 2019 UtahIdaho
Employee Spotlight: A personal journey of surviving breast cancer, raising awareness, and helping others

Employee Spotlight: A personal journey of surviving breast cancer, raising awareness, and helping others

According to the nonprofit Breastcancer.org, about one in eight women (and one in 883 men) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. Early detection and treatment can often make a significant difference in combatting the disease, so raising awareness is critical. In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Jodi Jones, who works on Regence’s Regional Network Management team, about her journey surviving breast cancer and the personal lessons she learned along the way. Jodi’s answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
October 28, 2019 All Markets
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