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We Are Orlando

Posted on Jun 30th 2016 by Beth Hinojosa

On June 12, an armed man killed 49 people and wounded at least 50 others at a downtown nightclub in Orlando. As part of the Orlando community, we mourn the loss of these innocent people, many of them members of the LGBT and Hispanic communities. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence and to their families and loved ones.  Free Grief C [...]

Plaque Wars

Posted on Jun 24th 2016 by Robert Lewando, D.D.S.

You just brushed your teeth. Now what? Well, it is almost time to brush them again. Plaque is a term used to describe biofilm, a collection of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Once it is removed by brushing, flossing or using other oral health aids, the process starts anew. It is a never-ending battle to keep the bacterial levels in your mouth as low as possible to prevent thi [...]

Telephone and in-person counseling services available for both English and Spanish speaking individuals. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health and Metro Health, Wellness & Community Centers, is offering support to individuals affected by recent tragic events in Orlando during the upcoming St. Pete Pride weekend, June 25-26. [...]

5 Tips for Healthy Eyes

Posted on Jun 21st 2016 by Florida Blue

Eye care is an important part of health for individuals of all ages. Many eye conditions can be corrected if they are found early, so getting an annual eye exam can help you maintain good vision and eye health. It can also determine if you have an eye disease, even if you are symptom free. Here are five tips that may help improve your eye health: • Pay attention to your plate. H [...]

Telephone and in-person counseling services available for both English and Spanish speaking individuals ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering support to individuals and loved ones affected by recent tragic events in Orlando. The company is providing the community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors v [...]

You’ve just been to see your doctor and now you’re leaving with a prescription for a medication. Did you know that spending a few minutes on can help save you money when filling your prescription? It can be as easy as filling your prescription at an in-network pharmacy or asking your doctor to request an authorization for the medication. [...]

Sooner or later, we all get the blues. Feeling sad or lonely during difficult life events is normal. Usually, you can continue to function and, in time, you start to feel like yourself again. When do you know the blues are something more? Depression disrupts relationships and interferes with work and daily activities. For many reasons, depression can be hard to diagnose in men. Some sti [...]

Summer is a great time to be active outdoors.  Here are some tips from experts at WebMD to help you stay healthy and safe while enjoying the summer. Stay informed. Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan. Know the risk. People 65 an [...]

Dental health can affect some ongoing health conditions like diabetes, oral cancer and coronary artery disease (CAD), along with low birth weight and premature babies. There is a connection between a healthy mouth and overall good health. It is important to get regular preventive dental care to help maintain good oral health and overall health. We want to give you a boost in the right d [...]

You try to plan for the little things that could go wrong while you’re traveling by filling your prescriptions and packing extra sunblock. No one ever expects to have a medical emergency, but things happen. Florida Blue has you covered, even if you are out of state. Here are some tips to help prepare for the unexpected. 1. Download the Florida Blue mobile app to access your plan [...]