Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans Changing In June 2010

In 2010 the Medicare Supplement landscape will see some significant changes.  With the addition of two new plans, comes the phase out of several current plans.
Many seniors are willing to accept some cost sharing method, such as co-pays and deductibles, in order to keep their Medicare Supplement premiums lower.  As a result Blue Cross and Blue [...]

BCBSNC’s Discount Programs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina members get more than just health insurance. The BCBSNC family of discount programs is available to members at no additional cost and complements their health insurance plan, whether that plan is Blue Advantage or Blue Options HSA. These programs help individuals save money and take charge of [...]

Select BCBSNC individual plans offer free preventive care

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of regular preventive health care. Recently, the American Heart Association stated that basic preventive health care services should be an integral part of any comprehensive health care plan pointing out that prevention costs less than expensive medical interventions (view article here). The new health care reform legislation addressed the issue of preventive care and [...]

Health Care Reform: Common Questions and Answers

It’s Friday! Besides being the last day of the work week, today brings us the last post in our three-part series on the new health care reform legislation. We have been answering questions from our group clients as well as our individual customers for the past month and have put them together here for the first [...]

Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for You?

Thanks for coming back for part two of our health care reform discussion. Today, you will learn how health care refom will impact you as an individual. How you will be affected by the health care reform legislation varies greatly depending on your age, who you work for and many other factors. So what does it mean [...]

Health Care Reform: The Who, What and When

Health care reform. What does it mean and when will it happen? These are the two main questions we have been asked repeatedly over the past few weeks. With that in mind here is a look at some of the major health care reform provisions that you will see over the next decade.
Employers: Small businesses can receive tax [...]

Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Risk of Stroke

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of stroke in middle-aged and older adults, especially men, according to new results from a landmark study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Overall, sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men. Obstructive [...]

5 Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergy season got you down? Allergies come from your body’s reaction to allergens in the surrounding environment (although you can also have food allergies as well). These allergens can come from pollen found in trees, grass and weeds, dust, pet dander and mold. Some of the most common allergy symptoms include any and all of [...]

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Contacts States Regarding High-Risk Insurance Pools

The Wall Street Journal (4/3, Adamy, subscription required) reported that HHS is asking states if they wish to participate in the high-risk insurance pools, which will help adults with pre-exiting conditions obtain coverage until 2014, when insurance exchanges will have been created. On Friday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent governors and insurance commissioners some of [...]