Medicaid & Medicare

Medicaid & Medicare

At Bluestem Health, we welcome all patients, including those with Medicare for insurance and those insured through Nebraska’s Medicaid Program. Our commitment is to provide you with easily accessible, high-quality, integrated health services when and where you need them.

Do you know if you qualify for Medicare Insurance?

According to, Medicare is the federal health insurance program for:

People who are 65 or older

Certain younger people with disabilities

People with End-Stage Renal Disease

(permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD)

There are several Medicare health insurance options. Our patient support specialists at Bluestem Health can answer any Medicare questions that you may have. We want you to know that we value our Medicare patients and we have five locations for you to choose from. All of them accept Medicare insurance.

What Medicare and Medicaid Patients Can Expect at Bluestem Health

Bluestem Health providers follow a "health home" model of care and our Medicare patients will benefit greatly from this model. What is a health home? It is not a physical space; it is a group of healthcare and service providers working together to make sure our Medicare and Medicaid patients get the care and services needed to stay healthy. Our approach is to integrate and coordinate all primary and acute care, chronic disease management, behavioral health, and long-term services and support as we treat the whole person.


Navigating Medicare Insurance or Medicaid

We understand that your health needs are unique and that you may require a variety of services throughout your lifetime. At Bluestem Health, we involve you as we develop your plan of care. We know how difficult and stressful it can be to navigate Medicare and the healthcare system. We make every effort to ensure you are connected to a multidisciplinary team of experienced and dedicated healthcare providers, mental health and substance abuse providers, along with needed medications, social services, and other community programs that can support and assist you.

Cost-efficient Quality Care and Medicare

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), we use the highest standards in the care we provide to anyone in our community. Bluestem Health works diligently to offer its services cost-efficiently so that healthcare is affordable for our patients.

Convenient Access to Care

There are five locations in Lincoln where our patients can access the care they need and use their Medicare insurance:

Patient Support

Resources Beyond the Usual

Bluestem Health provides our patients with resources and community events far beyond healthcare services. We have a dedicated team that will work with you to find additional community services, including assistance in applying for resources such as Medicaid, SNAP, ADC, and Open Enrollment through the Health Insurance Exchange. A partnership with Legal Aid of Nebraska connects patients with legal assistance.

To serve Lincoln's diverse population, we also employ a staff of interpreters that provide in-person interpretation services rather than communicating over the phone, which can dramatically improve a patient's experience during their healthcare visit. In addition to English, our interpreters are fluent in Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Karen, Burmese, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language.

Bluestem Health is here to help you with your Medicare questions and to connect you with a provider that will give you the best possible care. Connect with us at (402) 476-1455.

Nebraska Medicaid Program and Preventive Care

Am I Eligible for the Nebraska Medicaid Program?

You may be eligible if you are:

65 years of age or older

An individual under 65 years of age who has a disability, or is visually impaired according to Social Security guidelines

An individual 18 years of age or younger

A pregnant woman

A parent or caretaker

A former foster care youth

What is CHIP?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is an expansion of Medicaid as healthcare coverage for qualified children who are without other health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid. It provides the same services covered under Medicaid in Nebraska.

What Services Can I Get Under Medicaid?

As a federally qualified health Center, Bluestem Health participates in Nebraska’s Medicaid Program. There are a variety of health services we can provide for our patients, including but not limited to those listed below, that are covered by the Nebraska Medicaid program.

  • Dental Services such as cleaning of teeth, fillings, and X-rays.

  • Complete Health Checkup for individuals age 20 and younger, including complete physical examination; immunizations; necessary lab tests; health education; hearing checkups; well-baby, well-child, Head Start, school, and sports physicals.

  • Laboratory and X-ray Tests

  • Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Child, Adolescent, and Adults

  • Screening Mammogram