Union County was formed by an 1842 act of the N.C. General Assembly. The town of Monroe was incorporated on December 24, 1844 and named in honor of President James Monroe.
The December 1874 completion of the Carolina Central Railway between Wilmington and Charlotte brought important changes in the town's commercial standing. Monroe became a market town where the railroad brought manufactured goods that could be exchanged for regional agricultural products. Monroe's status as a hub in the railroad line meant that it became home to a large transient population known as Railway Men.
The Depression in the early 1930's brought the development of the downtown nearly to a halt. The establishment of Camp Sutton, a military base, in Monroe during World War II brought large numbers of soldiers and their families to the city, but very little new construction resulted in downtown. Although a few significant buildings have been demolished, such as the Monroe Opera House and Hotel Joffre, Monroe's Central Business District still reflects the period of Downtown Monroe's greatest prosperity as an agricultural and commercial center.
The City of Monroe still remains a hub of industrial and retail activity within the region and remains the focus of culture and commerce within Union County. Millions of dollars in renovations and fašade improvements, annual festivals, and new interest in professional housing have made Downtown Monroe again the place for commerce and travelers alike.
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In December 2018 our Agency was further recognized and received The Elite Plus Circle of Champions status for 2019 which highlights the highest performing agents and brokers into this small and esteemed group. The Elite Plus designation is the pinnacle of the Marketplace Circle of Champions program. We were among the top performing agents or brokers in the Marketplace, helping 500 and more consumers make plan selections and enroll for plan year 2019.
In December 2017 our Agency was recognized and received a Certificate of Recognition from HealthCare.Gov in appreciation of our ongoing contribution and success during the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period. This recognition placed us in the Circle of Champions and is based on our hard work and high enrollment production. This has increased access to health care for many and made a lasting positive impact for all of our customers throughout the State of North Carolina.
NC Health Plans offers Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina health insurance plans both on and off the Health Insurance Exchange/Marketplace, Medicare Supplement plans, Group Health Insurance and Dental plans for all ages.
We also offer additional products through other carriers including, Temporary Health Insurance, Term Life Insurance, Vision Insurance, Short Term Disability, Home Health Care plans which is a great alternative to Long Term Care and Out of Pocket Protection plans that can help reduce or eliminate your health insurance deductible.