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What to Know About our 2020 ACA Plans

What to Know About our 2020 ACA Plans

It’s official: we're lowering rates by an average of 5.5 percent for 2020 Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans offered to individuals. The North Carolina Department of Insurance has approved our reduction, making this is the second year in a row that we have decreased...

The Costs of Surprise Medical Billing

The Costs of Surprise Medical Billing

Surprise medical bills can happen when someone goes to a provider that is not in their insurer’s network.  When a provider is in-network with an insurer, it means the two sides have agreed to set costs for medical services. When a provider is out-of-network with...

Do You Know What Your Body Mass Index Is?

Do You Know What Your Body Mass Index Is?

Body mass index (better known as BMI) is a measurement - based on a person’s height and weight - used to indicate if a person is underweight, overweight or obese. Knowing your BMI is an easy and quick way to target a healthy weight.   Here’s how to calculate your...

The Facts about Falling

The Facts about Falling

The first day of Fall is also is Falls Prevention Awareness Day! Although you may think that falling is minor, the fact is that falls can cause serious injuries and death, especially among the elderly. So, it’s important to know the facts about fall-related injuries...

The Future of Farming in West Charlotte

The Future of Farming in West Charlotte

West of Uptown Charlotte, the Historic West End is home to some of Charlotte’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. Anchoring the West End is Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), originally founded in 1867 to teach freed slaves, and now a thriving urban university....

Weak Bones, Oh No! –  Osteoporosis 101

Weak Bones, Oh No! – Osteoporosis 101

Since a young age, our parents always stressed the value of having strong bones. They would say things like drink your milk and eat your veggies. You’ll grow up to have strong bones and muscles. Unfortunately, as we get older, having strong bones isn’t as simple as...

Changes to our Opioid Policies

Changes to our Opioid Policies

Every day, opioid addiction destroys lives and tears apart families in North Carolina. It is a public health emergency that Blue Cross NC is committed to addressing. We’re announcing three policy changes for opioid prescriptions and treatment for opioid dependency....

Read Your Way to Better Health

Read Your Way to Better Health

Want to help your kids turn into healthy adults? Make sure they become good readers. That’s right. There’s a link between literacy and health. According to research by the National Institutes of Health, poor reading ability is likely to lead to poor health. Reading is...

The Perfect Storm for a Severe Flu Season

The Perfect Storm for a Severe Flu Season

The 2017-2018 flu season has turned deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been “widespread” flu activity across the United States. Reports show that over 60,000 samples have tested positive for the flu and over 1,200...

Early Breast Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Early Breast Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Women are masters of multi-tasking. Often a busy lifestyle and responsibilities cause them to put their health on the back-burner. Family and work come first. They juggle work calls while in the carpool line. Then homework and dinner. Their calendars may be full of...