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Helping BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina members find the right care at the right time with helpful conversation starters to have with their doctors.


Coronavirus
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The Importance of Building a Network During a Pandemic 

June 25, 2020: Because of the pandemic, many South Carolinians have found there has been a shift in employment, opportunities and career growth. Business networking remains an important tool for working professionals, whether looking for a new job after losing one, staying updated with business trends or connecting for career advancement. Experts from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce offer insight into building a professional network today. 

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10 Tips for Working from Home

April 16, 2020: With the global spread of COVID-19, many employees have been working from home. If you’ve never worked remotely, the prospect can be intimidating. Here are some tips to ease the transition.

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Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care in the Face of COVID-19

Aug. 6, 2020: The pandemic has significantly affected our nation’s mental health, creating new obstacles for people already struggling from a behavioral health condition. As the pandemic continues, Americans are reporting sharply elevated levels of anxiety and stress. This creates new urgency around providing your employees behavioral health care that’s easier to access and more affordable. 

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Interning During a Pandemic 

July 30, 2020: There’s no doubt that 2020 will be a memorable year for all of us. And for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s summer interns, that will be especially true. 

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How To Clean Up Your Resume

Aug. 20, 2020: Since the start of the pandemic in March, thousands of South Carolinians have lost their jobs. One of the first steps to looking for employment opportunities is to get your resume updated. BlueCross recruiter Sharon Ellington shared some of her top resume tips to get yours to the top of the pile. 

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Healthy SC

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How to Get Outside While Social Distancing 

May 21, 2020: Many South Carolinians have spent the last few weeks at home practicing social distancing recommendations. As the weather gets nicer and warmer, people may be thinking about how to get outside to explore our state safely. Here are a few things to think about when planning how to explore South Carolina safely.

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How to Ride Blue Bike SC Safely During the Pandemic

July 16, 2020: If you want to get outside and explore Columbia but stay safe while social distancing, look no further than Blue Bike SC. The bikeshare program in downtown Columbia has taken precautions to keep riders safe as they explore the city. Here are a few things to know when riding Blue Bike this summer. 

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Health Care Insurance 101

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I Lost My Job and Health Insurance. What Do I Do Now? 

April 23, 2020: For the thousands of individuals filing for unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this time may mean a loss of health insurance coverage. BlueCross has responded to make sure those affected have options. 

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Community

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How Can I Help Our Community Right Now? 

April 30, 2020: Since traditional volunteer opportunities have been canceled, the BlueCross Community Relations team pulled together some ideas for how you can help your community right now while practicing safe social distancing. 

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Finding Help in South Carolina

July 10, 2020: The last few months have been hard for many South Carolinians. There may come a time when you or a family member needs access to services. The BlueCross community relations team offers this list of resources that can help.  

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Health

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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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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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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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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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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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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

Aug. 27, 2020: 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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