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GET THE FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES: FIVE RUMORS DEBUNKED

  Recently the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. Since then, you may have heard rumors about their safety and effectiveness on social media or from people you know. It’s reasonable to have concerns about a new vaccine. To help you separate fact from fiction, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Medical Directors [read more]

HOW TO MANAGE OCD AND ANXIETY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

We’ve all heard people joke about their “OCD tendencies.” You might think of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a mild problem, or even a helpful behavior for “neat freaks.” But the truth is that OCD is a serious behavioral health condition. It impacts nearly 1 in 40 (or 2 to 3 million) adults in the United States at [read more]

2020 IN REVIEW: A YEAR OF HEARTBREAK AND HEROISM

I’m not going to lie; I won’t miss 2020. I don’t think there will come a time when I sit back, stare off into the sky, and try to transport my mind back to some peaceful moment or place from this year. 2020 was heartbreaking, but it also brought out the best in so many [read more]

PREPARE FOR THE DUAL HIT OF FLU AND COVID-19

The signs are everywhere. If leaves are falling, you’re probably seeing messages to get your flu shot. This year, that recommendation takes on even greater importance. The coming flu season on top of the COVID-19 pandemic could put more people at risk for severe illness and overwhelm doctor offices and hospitals just as COVID-19 infections [read more]

HOW BLUE CROSS NC IS RESHAPING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE IN NC

We’re transforming behavioral health treatment for our members and our state. Even before the onset of COVID-19, our country was struggling to effectively diagnose and treat behavioral health issues, which include mental health and substance use disorders. Suicide rates were on the rise, drug overdose deaths were dramatically increasing, and life expectancies for people with [read more]

Deadline for 2021 Open Enrollment: Tuesday December 15

The 2021 Annual Open Enrollment Period deadline for Health Plans is only days away. Open Enrollment for Individuals and Families under 65 ends on Tuesday, December 15. Do you still have questions that need to be answered? Our agents can help!  Health Plans of NC Independent Agents provide full service by answering all of your questions [read more]

WHEN PANDEMIC BLUES AND SEASONAL DEPRESSION COLLIDE

The fall season brings cooler temperatures and changing leaves. But the shift from summer to fall also brings an adjustment for our bodies and minds: the end of daylight savings. For all my non-Americans, or if you live under a rock (in which case you don’t see the sun anyway), daylight savings is when clocks [read more]

7 CREATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY DURING COVID-19

To keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from COVID-19, many of us are staying home for the holidays this year. The CDC has put out guidelines for planning our winter holidays that typically involve large gatherings of family and friends, like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s. And North Carolina remains in Phase 3 of COVID-19 [read more]

TEN HOLIDAY TRAVELING TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM COVID-19

I’m tired of COVID-19! If I hear one more person use the term “new normal,” I’m going to cry. I can’t accept this is our “new normal,” and I’m ready for things to go back to the “real normal.” But for now, COVID-19 has other plans. If you’d told me in February that come the end of [read more]

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