Find Your Most Affordable Health Insurance Plan in Hickory, North Carolina

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in Catawba County

Catawba County residents have the choice of two healthcare options: Blue Advantage and Blue Value.

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Best for

Good fit if you are flexible about which doctors you see – or if your doctor or hospital is part of this smaller network.

The network is statewide, making it easy to get in-network care if you travel or have a child away at college within North Carolina.

Network

  • Limited statewide network for savings

  • Includes, but is not limited to, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, CaroMont Health, Frye Regional, New Hanover Regional, Novant Health and UNC Health Alliance.

  • The following doctor/hospital networks are considered out-of-network for Blue Value: Atrium Health, Catawba Valley Health System, Duke Health and WakeMed. Out-of-state providers are also out-of-network. When traveling outside of North Carolina or the U.S., only emergency services will be covered at the in-network benefit level. All other non-emergency covered services will be covered at the out-of-network benefit level.

Availability

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Blue Value is available on and off Marketplace to residents of these North Carolina counties: Alexander, Brunswick, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Columbus, Duplin, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Surry.

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Best for

Good option if you want a broad choice of in-network doctors, specialists and hospitals.

Network

Our largest statewide network. Full statewide network with the most provider choice. More than 95% of doctors and 98% of hospitals in North Carolina are in-network (A1)

Availability

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Blue Advantage is available on and off Marketplace to residents in all North Carolina counties EXCEPT the following, where it is available only off Marketplace: Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Wake, and Yadkin.

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Hickory, North Carolina

in Catawba County

Hickory is a small city in Catawba County, North Carolina, with a diverse manufacturing, healthcare, and education economy. Home to approximately 41,000 residents, the town offers a lower cost of living than the national average and a relatively low unemployment rate of 3.9%. With a median household income of $44,626 and a median home value of $159,800, it’s easy to see why many families call Hickory home.

In addition to affordability, a low crime rate, and good quality of life, Hickory also offers lots of fun activities for families. The city has several parks and recreation areas perfect for families, including the Riverwalk, a paved trail along the Catawba River. Families can also visit L.P. Frans Stadium to catch a game of the Hickory Crawdads baseball team or the Hickory Aviation Museum which features a collection of vintage aircraft and exhibits on aviation history. Another great option is the Catawba Science Center, which offers hands-on exhibits and interactive displays on science and technology that are fun and educational for the whole family.

With access to good schools and a friendly, warm community, it’s an excellent option for families with kids. Families can visit Frye Regional Medical Center, Catawba Valley Medical Center, or Grace Hospital to access healthcare. All hospitals offer various medical services, from emergency care and surgery to cancer treatment and rehabilitation. The town is also within an easy drive of larger cities, Charlotte and Asheville, to access even more amenities. Hickory has several zip codes, including 28601, 28602, and 28603.

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Footnotes

A1. Blue Cross NC Provider Internal Data; percentages indicated represent Blue Cross NC's PPO Network as of July 22, 2022. Note: Not all plans are available in all areas.

B1. Blue Cross NC has collaborated with Novant Health to bring you Blue Home with Novant Health. Blue Home with Novant Health is a health insurance plan offered by Blue Cross NC that provides access to a limited network of providers. Novant Health is an independent company that is solely responsible for the physicians and medical facilities it owns and operates. Novant Health does not offer Blue Cross or Blue Shield products or services.

B2. NovantHealth, www.novanthealth.org/home/about-us/company-information.aspx (Accessed August 2022).

C1. Blue Cross NC has collaborated with Atrium Health to bring you Blue Local with Atrium Health. Blue Local with Atrium Health is a health insurance plan offered by Blue Cross NC that provides access to Atrium Health’s limited network of providers. Atrium Health is an independent company that is solely responsible for the physicians and medical facilities it owns/operates and does not offer Blue Cross or Blue Shield products or services.

C2. U.S. News & World Report, www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc/levine-childrens-hospital-PA6360280 (Accessed September 2022).

C3. AtriumHealth, www.atriumhealth.org/about-us/newsroom/news/2020/07/atrium-health-earns-multiple-honors-by-us-news-world-report (Accessed September 2022).

C4. AtriumHealth, www.atriumhealth.org/about-us (Accessed September 2022).

D1. Blue Cross NC has collaborated with Wake Forest Baptist Health to bring you Blue Local with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Blue Local with Wake Forest Baptist Health is a health insurance plan offered by Blue Cross NC that provides access to a limited network of providers. Wake Forest Baptist Health is an independent company that is solely responsible for the physicians and medical facilities it owns and operates. Wake Forest Baptist Health does not offer Blue Cross or Blue Shield products or services.

D2. WakeForestBaptistHealth, www.wakehealth.edu/-/media/WakeForest/Clinical/Files/About-Us/2019FactBook.pdf (Accessed September 2022).

E1. Blue Cross NC has collaborated with UNC Health Care to bring you Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance. Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance is a health insurance plan offered by Blue Cross NC that provides access to a limited network of providers. UNC Health Care is an independent company that is solely responsible for the physicians and medical facilities it owns and operates. UNC Health Care does not offer Blue Cross or Blue Shield products or services.

E2. UNC Health, www.unchealthcare.org/health-alliance/ (Accessed August 2022).

E3. U.S. News and World Report, www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc/university-of-north-carolina-hospitals-6360260 (Accessed September 2022).

E4. U.S. News and World Report, www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc/rex-healthcare-6361210 (Accessed September 2022).

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Hickory, North Carolina ZIP Codes include: 28601, 28602, and 28603

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