EHA News

EHA News

Health Care Reform Video

The EHA would like to keep our members informed with respect to Health Care Reform. Below is a link to a video produced by the Kaiser Foundation to help explain changes in accordance to the Health Care Reform Act.

New! EHA Approves No Increase in Health/Dental Rates for 2011-2012 Plan Year

EHA Preventative Services Increased

The Educators Health Alliance will be increasing preventative benefits for the upcoming contract year beginning September 1, 2011. The increased benefits are part of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that was passed by the Federal Government last year. Many of the new benefits are age/gender specific for the services to be covered. Please click below to view the updated benefits.

EHA Board Announces Premium Holiday for December 2011

At the May 2011 EHA Board meeting, the Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to have a premium holiday for our members this upcoming December.  For additional information, please read the documents below.

Medical Exchanges will be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court in 2012

On March 23rd, 2010 President Obama signed into law the Health Care Reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Many of the items of the law have been put into place; dependent children coverage to age 26, no pre-existing conditions for children under age 19, no dollar limits on benefits, expansion of preventative services, but several other items, including the establishment of medical exchanges will be in the forefront this year.

Medical Exchanges are set to be put into place in the United States by January 1, 2014. The purpose is to help provide benefits to the 30 million Americans who currently do not have coverage. How they are planning on accomplishing this is by expanding Medicaid benefits to lower income Americans, and providing subsidies to Americans who earn less than $85,000/year as a family. This new law will cost approximately $938 Billion dollars over the next 10 years.

Each state is allowed to establish their own medical exchanges to help their residents attain coverage. This will allow states to have oversight on the benefits provided, that may vary from the essential set of benefits that the federal government will require to be in place for all Americans. Currently, there are two legislative bills in Nebraska’s Unicameral to establish a Nebraska Medical Exchange. However, our state will be moving cautiously until the United States Supreme Court hears argument about the legality of Mandatory coverage for all Americans. In March, the Supreme Court will hear the arguments and will make a decision by the end of June. A special Legislative session may be held by Nebraska’s Unicameral to start our own exchange once the judgment has been issued by the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court upholds the law in June, the Educators Health Alliance will support a Nebraska Medical Exchange and will support state legislation to help our residents attain coverage that meets the needs of Nebraska.

EHA Wellness Program Fires Up for December

Firing up our body’s metabolism through exercise is the theme of the fun-filled December 2011 EHA Wellness program, Flab on Fire. Whether you’re a new or seasoned exerciser this program, available to EHA Groups, will help keep you accountable and inspire you to commit to making time for daily physical activity. In addition, the Flab on Fire program will give you ideas on finding opportunities to sneak physical activity, including resistance training and aerobic workouts, into your daily routine.

There are so many health benefits to exercise including activating the body’s natural lipid burners that fight fat, increasing energy, and reducing stress—which are all critical during the hectic holiday season. “We think this is the perfect time of year ignite our healthy-living engines. We hope you’ll join the EHA Wellness Flab on Fire movement and move more in December!” said Linda Kenedy, EHA Wellness Coordinator.

All participants in the Flab on Fire program will receive an exercise sports towel to use during their daily workouts. And, participants who are compliant with the program guidelines for at least 20 days during December will be entered into a drawing for one of two hundred $25 gift cards to improve health and well-being.

Look for promotional posters at your school. Your wellness representative will have details on how to sign up.

Not sure if your school is involved? Need more details to get your school to participate in EHA Wellness? Contact Linda Kenedy, EHA Wellness coordinator, or Howie Halperin, EHA Wellness administrator, at these e-mail addresses: The EHA Wellness website is at

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska announces National Dental Network

On January 1, 2012, the Educators Health Alliance members will be able to utilize a new National Dental Network. The Blue Grid, the name for the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, will allow EHA members to have access to participating providers in others states. The Dental Grid is a network of multiple BCBS plans that, when combined, offers one of the largest national PPO networks.

Furthermore, when using these providers, the out of pocket cost will also be lowered. EHA members who live or travel out of state will now be able to go to providers and dental specialist that are closer to them. Just like the National Medical network (Blue Card), the Dental Grid will be seamless to our members for services received outside the state of Nebraska. The Dental Grid network directory will be on-line on December 15, 2011 and you can find it at

EHA High Deductible Health Plan Comparison

To do a comparison of your plan and the $2,850 HDHP option, you will need to know how much in deductible and claims that you have paid for the last calendar year, number of office visits, and total cost of your prescription drugs (quarterly drug summary).

High Deductible Health Plan May Save Members Cost

Educators Health Alliance Early Retiree/Direct Bill Webinar

During this Webinar, Kent Trelford Thompson, Group Manager, BCBSNE, and Greg Long, EHA Field Representative, will present the 2012-2013 EHA Early Retiree renewal for our Early Retiree/Direct Bill membership.  The three medical plan options: $600 PPO, $1,500 PPO and $2,850 High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account, will be explained as well as how to enroll in the EHA plan.  Please click on the link to view the 2012-13 EHA Early Retiree webinar.  The two Power Point presentations for the webinar are also available for print/review

EHA 2012-13 Early Retiree/Direct Bill Webinar from Educators Health Alliance on Vimeo.