Category: Health and Wellness

Category: Cost of Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Health Insurance

What Can Blue Do for You in the Face of COVID-19?

The changes we’ve all faced in the past few weeks have been really stressful. It’s important to me that we keep you all on top of what we are doing at Blue Cross to make sure the healthcare system, now so vital to our continued good health outcomes here in Louisiana, is strong and has the resources it needs.

Even before COVID-19, Blue Cross was paying for around $300 million a month in healthcare services for our members here in Louisiana. And with the current emergency around COVID-19, we could do even more. Here’s a few things that we have implemented to make it easier to protect your health. Read more

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The Governor Declared a Public Health Emergency! What Does That Mean?

I’ve been watching the news reports, some accurate, some not so much, around the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. I’ve noticed that some scary-sounding public pronouncements are actually just common-sense actions, and once I read the fine print, it reassures me to know our public officials are taking action.

With diseases like this that can really put older people and people with compromised immune systems at serious risk, I’m thrilled to see people in charge, like our governor, take them seriously. Read more

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What We Know, and What We Don’t Know, About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In case you missed it, it’s cold and flu season. Hopefully, you are following the advice medical and public health professionals have been giving for years: Get your flu shot, wash your hands regularly, avoid huge crowds, try not to touch your face and, for God’s sake, keep your fingers out of your nose! (Quit denying it, I saw you!) Likewise, if you start to feel bad, running fever and the like, don’t go to work, school or public gatherings, and see a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

These habits will serve you well in the face of the latest viral threat, the new coronavirus, formally named COVID-19. Read more

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Can Being Lonely Kill You Before Your Time?

One of the most precious people in my life growing up was my paternal grandmother. Her name was Catherine, and her sisters and brothers called her Kitty.

Kitty was born in 1911, one of nine children, and lived her early life on a sugarcane farm near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. She married her next-door neighbor in 1934. My father, her only child, was born in 1938. Her husband, Carroll II, worked during the Great Depression anywhere he could, including building out the levees after the 1927 flood on the Mississippi River, sweeping the floors at the railroad station, and pumping gas. Read more

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Blue Cross Joins Baton Rouge Area Chamber to Reward Innovation in Healthcare

Often, when we write here at Straight Talk about how fast innovation and technology move in healthcare, we are talking in grand, sweeping terms about multi-billion dollar investments and really earth-shattering inventions.

It turns out REALLY important healthcare innovation work can be done on a local level, and it’s something we can all use and be proud of. Read more

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Kids Going Back to School? Put an Annual Checkup on the To Do List

I’m traveling this week and taking a break from writing. Instead, here is our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vindell Washington, with a post about keeping your children healthy. Why is this important to talk about on a blog about healthcare costs? Well, for one, it meets Blue Cross’s mission of improving the health and lives of Louisianians. Second, staying healthy is one way to keep healthcare costs down, as well as reduce missed days of school and work. I know that’s important to the people who read this blog.

–        MB 

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