David H.

David H.

Community Member

April 17, 2011

Healthy Lifestyle

BCBS should adopt a system that encourages people to lead a more healthy lifestyle. By performing certain activites and eating more healthy food, you would build up points. These points could be used to lower the premium or some other monetary reward. Everyone wins and health care costs could be reduced.

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tom m.

tom m. commented on April 25, 2011

Community Member

Insurance is all about statistics.

To be cost effective, conditions must be monitored and managed.

There should be a mandatory annual basic physical exam.

The physical will catch developing issues.

There are statistics about obesity, the epidemic of the age.

Obesity can be easily measured in the mandatory annual physical.

If it can be measured, it can be can be managed and improved.

In this case, management is the rate charged for health insurance.

I don't like this big brother approach, but the less you use insurance, the less it should cost.

M L.

M L. commented on May 1, 2011

Community Member

Isn't that how Blue Points works? You can get gift cards for your healthy choices. I think your employer has to opt-in for the program, but it's worth checking out.

David H.

David H. commented on May 3, 2011

Community Member

This should be made available to ALL BCBS members, not just the ones who are employed.

David Kochman

David Kochman commented on May 6, 2011

Communications Director

David H., thanks for your comment.

BCBSNC’s current program Blue Points encourages people whose employers offer Blue Points to exercise at least 30 minutes a day to earn points for rewards such as brand-name merchandise, gift cards and charitable contributions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Blue Points program, call 1-888-705-7050 or visit the program’s website: http://www.bcbsnc.com/content/health-wellness/blue-extras/bluepoints/index.htm

Does anyone have any other ideas for programs that would encourage people to live healthier lives?

David H.

David H. commented on May 7, 2011

Community Member

This is great for members whose employers support it. What about everyone else?