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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Share your BOLD ideas, questions, and insights with us here and at http://www.ndhealthcareforums.com or visit our blog at www.bcbsnd.com/blueinsight/

Talk with your primary care provider about preventive screenings

Colonoscopy?  Tetanus shot? Mammogram? With changes to health guidelines, it can be difficult to know if and when you need a preventive screening or vaccine. That’s where having a relationship with a primary care doctor can help. “The health care … Continue reading

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Insurance networks explained

Health insurance can be confusing. We’re here to help. What is a network? A NETWORK  is a group of doctors or medical facilities that provide services to a health insurance company’s members at a discounted rate. As the largest health … Continue reading

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Take time to enjoy being physically active

It’s easy to be so busy with work and family responsibilities that you forget what it was like to enjoy the simple pleasure of playing like a 10-year-old at recess. Regardless of your age, physical activity is important to your … Continue reading

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Learn about health reform at August employer workshops

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is complex, affecting employers and the benefits they offer to their employees. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) wants to provide information to employers to help them better understand how the ACA affects … Continue reading

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When to go to the ER or doctor’s office

You’re not feeling well and have decided to seek medical attention. But where you should go? Should you go to the local hospital’s emergency room, visit your personal doctor, or go to an urgent care center? The answer depends on … Continue reading

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Medicare celebrates 50th anniversary of bill signing

Fifty years ago, Americans were sharply divided on the bill that would provide health insurance to the elderly. Some groups thought it would cost too much. While others thought it didn’t do enough. And some groups feared the possibility of … Continue reading

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Upper body stretches you can do at your desk

Sitting too much can be hazardous to your health. Some have even compared the health impacts of sitting for long periods of time to smoking. Unless you have a newfangled treadmill desk or have converted your workspace into a standing … Continue reading

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How health insurance works

Health insurance can be confusing. We’re here to help. People often ask us how health insurance works. We’ll try to explain. HOW HEALTH INSURANCE WORKS Here’s an example. Say you cut your hand and needed stitches. You went to the … Continue reading

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How health insurance premiums are used

People often ask us what happens to the health insurance premiums our members pay. Here is an explanation. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota charges premiums in exchange for providing our members with health insurance coverage. If you get … Continue reading

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Practice food safety during the summer

The aroma of burgers on the grill. The delight of a red slice of watermelon dripping with juice. There’s nothing like eating outdoors in the summer.  When you cook outdoors, you’re often away from your kitchen sink, refrigerator and kitchen … Continue reading

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