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Know your Network- Blue Cross NC Health Insurance in 2019

Friday, May 24th, 2019

When shopping the health insurance market, you will discover many terms used to describe health insurance plans. As you read about options with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, one of the most important terms to understand is that used to describe the network. The “Network” refers to the group of doctors and medical facilities which accept your plan. Knowing and understanding your network helps predict what to expect when utilizing your health plan throughout the year. As you learn about network options through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, you will be able to better determine what plan is best for you and your family. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina names each plan after the associated network.

Blue Advantage and Blue Select

Blue Advantage and Blue Select are the names used to describe the largest network of doctors and hospitals available under Blue Cross NC plans. The Blue Advantage network is the broadest network, with over 95% of doctors and hospitals in North Carolina. Like Blue Advantage plans, Blue Select plans are also a broad network plan. However, the Blue Select network is broken down into two tiers. Blue Select policy holders will find that a bit more management is required when determining a facilities tier. For example, one may have different copayments for specialist visits depending on if they visit a Tier 1 or Tier 2 provider.

Blue Value

The Blue Value network option is a more limited network than Blue Advantage or Blue Select. However, enrolling in a Blue Value plan can help you save money. Where these plans lack in flexibility to see a broad network of doctors and facilities, you will find that Blue Value options offer lower monthly premiums. If your zip code falls  within the Triangle region of North Carolina, you will find the Blue Value plans are with UNC Health Alliance. Doing your research and checking to see if your doctor is in-network is necessary when enrolling in a Blue Value plan. If you are planning on visiting a specific doctor, specialist, or medical facility, it is a good idea to call the provider to confirm the network.

Blue Local

Blue Local with Atrium Health is the most limited of the four BCBSNC networks. This network with Atrium Health (also known as Carolinas HealthCare System) is available to Charlotte-area residents, including Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanley, and Union County. Like the Blue Value network, enrolling in a Blue Local plan will be a less expensive plan option, but have a more restrictive network. If you were to visit a doctor or facility outside of Atrium Health, then you would pay out-of-network rates.

Understanding these four network options will give you a great advantage when navigating available health insurance plans. A little research could potentially translate to savings on monthly premiums and the cost of care. CLICK HERE to generate a custom quote and discover what BCBSNC network options are available to you.

For more information on North Carolina Health Insurance coverage, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our experienced and professional agents.

The Importance of Knowing Your Network

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

bigstock--D-Person-Watching-A-Word-rev-57042881Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC offers several network options when selecting your health insurance plan to allow you the flexibility to choose the coverage that bests suits your needs.  It is important to understand these networks before making your final plan selection.

To gain access to the best and largest network of doctors and hospitals, go with a Blue Advantage plan.  Blue Advantage offers you a broad choice of doctors, specialists and hospitals with the largest network available that includes 91% of doctors and 99% hospitals.

Does having the option to save money by selecting a doctor from two tiers of in-network providers appeal to you? Blue Select plans offer you this opportunity. With Blue Select, BCBSNC has tiered benefits and providers to help you make the most of your health care spending. BCBSNC has evaluated doctors and specialist physician practices on their quality outcomes, cost efficiency, and accessibility and created two categories:

Tier 1 are providers who received top ratings, and you’ll receive a richer benefit when you choose these providers.

Tier 2 are providers who still meet the usual standards for being part of the network, and you’ll receive a less rich benefit when you choose these providers. By tiering the benefits and providers, you’ll save up to 6% on your monthly premium and have a clear way to save more money by choosing Tier 1 providers. You can see which tier your providers are in by visiting the Find a Doctor tool.

Is having a plan with a lower premium more important to you than having the largest network of doctors and hospitals available? If so, a Blue Value plan might work for you. Blue Value features a limited network of providers and some of the lowest costs of all the plans.  Blue Value can offer up to 9% savings, but has a limited network of doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies to lower costs. (Blue Value may not be available in all areas.)

 

For more information on health insurance coverage in North Carolina, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our professional agents. Our agency provides coverage for health insurance in North Carolina through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). It would be our pleasure to help you navigate through the Health Care Reform changes in accordance with the new regulations of Obama care. Call us for details.

Kara Withee, Customer Service Associate/Sales Agent

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

DSC_0858 5x7Kara Withee has recently joined Jerry Ballard and Associates as a Customer Service Representative and Sales Associate for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC).  With over twelve years of customer service experience, Kara is a graduate of the University of Texas, El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from San Diego State University.

Prior to joining our agency, Kara taught high school English and Elementary Spanish in both the public and private school sectors.  She relocated to Morehead City, NC in support of her husband’s military career and now resides there with her three sons, her daughter, a Golden Retriever and a house cat.  In her spare time, Kara enjoys reading, paddle boarding and spending time with her children.  For all your Blue Advantage, Blue Value, Blue Select and Dental Blue needs, Kara brings both personable and professional assistance to the health care industry and the residents of North Carolina and she is pleased to offer her service expertise to help you navigate through the Marketplace to determine subsidy eligibility and to guide you in choosing the best Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina plans for you and your family.

For more information on health insurance coverage in North Carolina, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our professional agents. Our agency provides coverage for health insurance in North Carolina through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). It would be our pleasure to help you navigate through the Health Care Reform changes in accordance with the new regulations of Obama care. Call us for details.

 

 

 

BCBSNC Blue Value in 2014

Friday, September 13th, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield wants to help you save. Consider one of our new low cost plan options. To help lessen the financial impacts of health care reform, BCBSNC has created several new plan options for 2014.

Blue Value is one of these options.  The coverage you need, the savings you want. Blue Value features the lowest costs of all our plans. This plan offers:

+ Quality, cost-effective coverage
+ A limited network of providers and pharmacies
+ Prescription drug requirement

For more information on health insurance coverage in North Carolina, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our professional agents. Our agency provides coverage for health insurance in North Carolina through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). You may qualify for a 15% healthy lifestyle discount if you are in excellent health. Call us for details.

Information from a BCBSNC publication on 8/12/13.

Blue Value Plan

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has collaborated with providers across North Carolina to create a plan (Blue Value) that lets you trade full access for a smaller, more streamlined network of providers – with as much as 15% savings in targeted markets and as much as 6% statewide.

Get your free rate quote today and see if Blue Value is an option for you and your family.  Visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and let us help you find the best coverage for your family.

Get the Coverage You Need, the Savings You Want A point-of-service (POS) product, which is a type of HMO with in-network and out-of-network benefits.  Lower monthly premiums and a smaller network for those who don’t have a strong provider preference.

See a list of participating hospitals [pdf] No primary care provider or referrals required 100% in-network coverage for a wide range of preventive services .  Call today for more information.

For more information on health insurance coverage in North Carolina, please visit our website at www.nchealthplans.com or call our toll free number 888-765-5400 and speak with one of our professional agents. Our agency provides coverage for health insurance in North Carolina through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). You may qualify for a 15% healthy lifestyle discount if you are in excellent health. Call us for details.