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South Carolina’s resource for what you need to make smart choices for a healthy life.


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7 Ways to Stay Healthy During Self-Isolation

April 9, 2020: These days you may be struggling with work/life balance more than usual as you stay at home with family and continue to work. A BlueCross health coach shares some tips to maintain your health during these uncertain times.

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What Should I Do If I Think I’m Sick?

March 27, 2020: If you are starting to feel ill these days you are probably wondering if you have COVID-19. Because confusion and miscommunication are common in situations like this, Dr. Matt Bartels, vice president and chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, answers some of the more common questions for members who think they may have COVID-19. 

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BlueCross expands benefits for virtual visits

March 23, 2020: BlueCross is taking steps to increase access to care in response to the Coronavirus. Telehealth visits provide convenience for people to access care using a smartphone, computer or tablet device.

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COVID-19 Updates

April 9, 2020 (Updated): COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in people. Find answers to some frequently asked questions here. 

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Report: Early-Onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Diagnoses Spiked for Younger Americans

Feb. 27, 2020: The number of commercially insured Americans ages 30 to 64 diagnosed with early-onset dementia or Alzheimer’s disease increased by 200 percent from 2013 to 2017. Taylor Wilson from the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter discusses challenges facing South Carolinians.

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BlueCross Chief Medical Officer Addresses Coronavirus

Jan. 31, 2020: BlueCross wants you to know that we are closely monitoring the coronavirus epidemic, which has now been classified as a global health emergency. Here is some important information from our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Bartels. 

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Small Steps to Take for a Healthier 2020

Jan. 9, 2020: A BlueCross health coach has some helpful tips for how to have a healthier year one step at a time. You can make some small changes to have a big impact on your health in 2020.

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8 Ways to Eat Better This Holiday Season

Dec. 5, 2019: Eating healthy during the holidays doesn't have to mean forgoing your favorite pie or only eating salads. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina's health coach offers some tips for getting through the season by making healthy choices. 

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9 Tips for Finding a Healthier Life with Diabetes

Nov. 20, 2019: Living with diabetes may be difficult, but BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s health coaches can help. There are many options to make your life easier, from finding the right foods for you to starting an exercise routine or finding a helpful resource. 

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Poor Millennial Health to Have Economic Impact

Nov. 12, 2019: A new report by Moody’s Analytics revealed the serious impact millennials' health could have on the U.S. economy. Compared to when Generation X was the same age, millennials are projected to experience slower economic growth and pay more in health care costs over the next decade, which could have a crippling effect on the economy.

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What BlueCross is Doing to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

Sep. 26, 2019: Too many South Carolinians have been touched by the devastation of the opioid epidemic. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has taken action. 

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South Carolina Supports Recovery in Opioid Crisis

Sep. 24, 2019: South Carolina has collectively taken on the opioid epidemic. It is a crisis that covers the state from the Lowcountry to the Upstate and the Pee Dee to the Midlands. It affects all South Carolinians. 

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A Look at the Opioid Epidemic in SC

Sep. 12, 2019: In recent years, news about the opioid epidemic has been escalating. South Carolina has not been the center of the epidemic, but where does the Palmetto State fall in this crisis? 

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BlueCross Launches Video Series on Opioid Crisis

Sep. 9, 2019: As part of a statewide partnership, BlueCross will share stories from members of the South Carolina community on the opioid epidemic.

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75 Percent of Americans with Behavioral Health Conditions are Continuing Therapy Services During the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020: New survey data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) shows that 75 percent of Americans with behavioral health conditions are continuing therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the prevalence of telehealth and other digital health services. 

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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Dental Care During the Pandemic

June 4, 2020: As many businesses and daily activities reopen, many South Carolinians may be rescheduling missed dental appointments or planning for upcoming trips to the dentist. President of the South Carolina Dental Association provides insight into dental care during the pandemic. 

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Safety Tips for Getting Out During Re-Opening

June 18, 2020: At some point in the past couple of months you’ve probably searched online for answers to all kinds of questions about what is or is not safe during the pandemic. As South Carolina moves to re-open many businesses, BlueCross pulled together some resources to help South Carolinians determine what is best for their families. 

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What to Consider When Traveling This Summer 

July 2, 2020: With summer in full swing, many South Carolinians may be thinking about traveling for vacation. The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, so it is important to make sure you are following guidelines from your community and government entities. Here are a few things to take into account when deciding how and where to travel this summer. 

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Children and Covid-19: What to Know 

July 23, 2020: There may be a lot of unknowns with novel coronavirus, but BlueCross’ Dr. Matt Bartels, vice president and chief medical officer, provides some answers to common questions parents may have about the pandemic’s effect on children.

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A Primary Care Doctor on COVID-19: What to Know

Aug. 13, 2020: The coronavirus pandemic has raised dozens of questions. We spoke with one of BlueCross' doctors to get answers to some common questions.

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Protect Yourself and Others: The Importance of Vaccines and the Flu Shot

Dec. 30, 2020 (Updated): Undoubtedly, vaccines have been on everyone’s mind since the start of the pandemic. Several vaccines for COVID-19 are under development. Here are the basics on vaccines and the flu shot and why you should make sure you and your family members are up to date on your vaccines. 

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Drinking, Substance Use, Mental Health Issues Up During The Pandemic 

Sep. 3, 2020: A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found increases in the number of Americans struggling with mental health conditions like depression, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. BlueCross' Dr. April Richardson discusses the findings and ways to cope during the pandemic. 

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What to Know About the Flu 

Sep. 10, 2020: With the cooler temperatures and the start of fall comes another season — flu season. With COVID-19 in the front of everyone’s mind, here’s what you should know about this year’s flu season. 

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Treat Yo Self Every Day

Oct. 12, 2020: A television show may have brought the idea of “Treat Yo Self” to the mainstream, but taking care of yourself should be on your to-do list every day. A BlueCross health coach offers some ideas for how to get started taking care of yourself every day. 

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The Difference Between the Flu and COVID-19 

Oct. 29, 2020: Flu season in the United States started in September amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to know the differences between the two diseases and when to seek care.

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Have a Healthy Holiday

Nov. 24, 2020: The holiday season can be joyous and full of love. It can also be one of the more stressful times of the year. Here’s some more advice from a BlueCross health coach to make your holidays a little healthier this year.

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Coping With COVID-19 and Seasonal Depression 

Dec. 3, 2020: The days are getting shorter and COVID-19 cases are spiking. Increased stress because of the pandemic and its companions — isolation, the challenges of navigating kids’ education schedules, potential economic hardship, a polarized political climate and the fear of, or reality of, losing loved ones — all add to the mental health burden people are feeling right now. Together, all this may make this winter more difficult.

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5 Ways To Improve in 2021

Jan. 7, 2021: Now that 2020 is behind us, it is time to look ahead at a new year and a new start. While you don’t have to wait for New Year’s to set a goal and start improving your life, there’s no time like January to put your goals front and center. BlueCross’s health coaches talk with members daily, providing support for physical and mental health goals. Here’s a look at what our health coaches will be working on for themselves this year. 

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Oncologist: Follow Up Cancer Screenings Now

Feb. 4, 2021: The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of daily lives including health care choices. Studies have shown a significant decrease in the number of people getting cancer screenings. Dr. Kashyap Patel, an oncologist, discusses the importance of keeping up with cancer screenings during the pandemic. 

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One Year Later: Looking Back on a Year With COVID-19 and What We Know Now

March 4, 2021: This month marks one year since the coronavirus pandemic reached South Carolina. Now the state nears 8,000 deaths from the virus and almost 500,000 confirmed cases, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. BlueCross’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matt Bartels shares some insight on what we have learned, recommendations for staying safe now and what to expect in the months ahead. 

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Pandemic Shines Light On Health Care Disparities 

March 11, 2021: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the gap in health care outcomes and access to care faced by minorities. A recent report from a policy group in the state has highlighted the disparities communities of color face in light of COVID-19. BlueCross' Dr. Shawn Stinson serves on the board. He discusses the findings and why it is important the health care community address the issue. 

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How To Control Your Stress 

April 16, 2021: The last year has been a stressful one whether due to the pandemic, economic worries or social unrest. For Stress Awareness Month, we asked a BlueCross case manager for some tips and insight into managing stress. 

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Healthy Life, Healthy Planet: 7 Ways You Can Live Sustainably 

April 22, 2021: Every year on Earth Day, people across the planet demonstrate support for environmental protection. Maintaining a sustainable lifestyle means thinking about the impact your choices make on food, products and energy use. This Earth Day, don’t just plant a tree. Try to make new, healthy lifestyle choices that are good for the Earth, too.

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