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With the open enrollment period for Medicare ending December 7th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services encourages all recipients to take the time to evaluate their plan for 2018.  

The new 2017 Omaha Metropolitan Area Bicycle Map is available at a number of locations around the metro.

With more millions of Nebraskans looking to select new healthcare or change plans, UnitedHealth Group is offering some enrollment tips to help people better navigate the process.

At the next Omaha Science Café, Dr. Alena Balasanova will talk about opioids and addiction.  

Filmmaker Stephanie Howard is presenting her film, THE WEIGHT OF HONOR, at two different venues in Omaha next week.  With more, here's KIOS News Director Cheril Lee...

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Educators say the wrist monitors some Lincoln middle school students are wearing are reinforcing the children's efforts to get fit.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center was one of two programs nationwide to receive a “Project ECHO” grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say an unauthorized, secret waiting list for psychotherapy appointments at Omaha's VA hospital delayed care for 87 veterans this year.

HOUSTON (AP) — A public-private partnership is granting nearly $1.4 million to test treatments to halt a disease threatening the nation's bat population.

The Visiting Nurse Association is offering Flu Immunization Clinics at its office at 125th and West Center Road.

Coalition RX, an Omaha-based organization with the mission of reducing the misuse of prescription and non-prescription drugs, will be holding its first conference, “The State of Prescription Drug Abuse in Nebraska” on October 20th.  

AARP Nebraska is hosting several community conversations on healthcare reform this month.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An insurer is partnering with a nonprofit on a new health care insurance product that'll be available in Nebraska beginning Nov. 1, when open enrollment begins for 2018.

UNeTech is a new institute at UNMC and UNO that’s designed to identify promising start-up companies and help them become successful.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska fights every day to help individuals who are suffering with mental health disorders or having thoughts of suicide.

This month is the 5th global World Alzheimer’s month, and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. 

The VNA Senior Speaker Series continues next Thursday, September 14th with a presentation called: “Taking Care of YOU: Suggestions on Self Care during times of Sadness, Loss and Grief.”

Community 360 is a local non-profit that has been recruiting, screening and training skilled volunteers for area nursing homes for 25 years.  

Hillcrest Hospice Care will offer a free Kids’ Grief Camp next Thursday, August 31st

  

Eight female physicians and a second-year medical student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center went to Girls Inc. last week to speak with 40 young women about the exciting career options available in the health care field. 

When a person undergoes a cardiac arrest, often the person nearest to them is a family member or bystander with no medical expertise.

Art to Remember is a program offered by the Joslyn Art Museum that serves people dealing with memory loss.

WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating an outbreak of salmonella in northeast Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's only provider of individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act wants to raise its monthly rates by an average of nearly 17 percent, and some rates could increase by more than 50 percent.

UnitedHealthcare and National 4-H Council’s Food Smart Families program focuses on food insecurity as well as obesity.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest state agency has unveiled an initiative to improve services for children, low-income families and residents with mental health problems and developmental disabilities.

A recent study published in the “Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency,” indicates positive correlations between head injuries in childhood and delinquent behavior later in life.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for ways to increase mental health services in areas that lack psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors, but that could prove difficult amid a tight state budget.

UNMC is currently seeking 20 women who have new breast cancer diagnoses and live in rural areas to take part in an Internet support program.

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