Cost of COVID-19: Blue Cross NC Waives Fees for COVID-19 Treatment
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, also known as Blue Cross NC, announced this week that it will put sweeping measures in place to combat costs associated with COVID-19. The state’s predominant insurer with 3.81 million members said it will waive cost-sharing for treatment related to the illness also known as coronavirus, effective immediately through June 1, 2020.
Governor Cooper Issues Stay-at-Home order
May 5, 2020 UPDATE: Governor Cooper has announced that North Carolina will enter phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 8 at 5:00 pm. April 24, 2020 UPDATE: At a press briefing at 2:00 pm this afternoon, the Governor gave details on schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. April 23, 2020 UPDATE: At a press briefing at 3:00 pm this afternoon, the Governor extended the stay-at-home order until May 8, 2020. Original post: At a 4:00 pm briefing today, Governor Cooper announced a statewide stay-at-home order. The executive order means that North Carolina will join 23 other states in ordering all non-essential businesses to close and for people to remain in their homes with some exceptions for food, medicine and outdoor exercise.
Announcing @CoronavirusNC on Twitter
If you are following the North Carolina state daily briefings, you've heard Director of the NC Department of Emergency Management, Mike Sprayberry, encourage us all to get seek information about COVID-19 from reliable sources "like the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and your local health department." In the interest of helping you go straight to the best sources, the Coalition has created a Twitter account that will retweet only carefully vetted sources of information relevant to North Carolina. You can see the latest tweets below or follow it @CoronavirusNC.
Cost of Covid-19: Is Your Business "Essential?"
Update 3.27.20: Governor Cooper has now issued a stay-at-home order closing all non-essential businesses. If your business has not been deemed essential, you may file an appeal with the NC Department of Revenue. Today Kentucky, Connecticut, Louisiana and Ohio will become the most recent states to order "non-essential" businesses to be closed out of coronavirus fears. Delaware issued a similar order that will go in effect tomorrow. What is deemed "essential" is up to individual states to decide. There is no such order in effect in North Carolina at this time, but the Coalition would like to know if you think your business should be deemed essential if an order were to come. Email us or let us know in the comments below. For instance, in the case of Kentucky, Governor Beshear provided a list of essential and non-essential businesses:
Cost of COVID-19: Steps you can take right now to save on health care costs
According to a recent poll by Pew Research, 89% of American adults are following news about COVID-19 very or fairly closely. So, by now most of you know that the threat of contracting this highly contagious novel coronavirus is very real.
North Carolina and other Super Tuesday States Reject Medicare for All
While the headline news out of Super Tuesday was the decisive comeback of Democrat Joe Biden, not to be overlooked was the role healthcare had in the former Vice President’s victory.