Did you know that about 70 million adults in the United States—1 in 3 adults—is currently living with high blood pressure? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease compared with those with normal blood pressure. In fact, almost 1,000 deaths every day [...]

Information on Zika Virus

Posted on Feb 4th 2016 by Paul Kluding

Zika virus is receiving worldwide attention as is becoming a serious health threat. In fact, the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency. Zika virus is spread most commonly through mosquito bites, and potentially through sexual contact. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms [...]

The Art of Health

Posted on Feb 3rd 2016 by Marilu Cristina Flores

Did you know that for several years doctors and health researchers have been exploring the relationship between how the creative arts affect various health outcomes? Specifically, the health effects of music engagement, visual arts therapy, movement-based creative expression and expressive writing. While much of this dat [...]

Program to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care in South Florida WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – . (Feb. 1, 2016) – Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, and  Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, LLC (PBACO) are pleased to announce the implementation of an accountable care program that aims to improve the [...]

Many of you who are in the Tampa Bay area are signed up or perhaps thinking about participating in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The Gasparilla Distance Classic is a road race that is held this year on February 20-21 on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. Even if you’re not training for this race, I am sure many o [...]

If you’re not from the Tampa Bay area you may not have heard of Gasparilla. For those of you who live in Tampa, you may be very familiar with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in addition to all the amazing events that surround the season. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual celebration held in Tampa and has been around since 1904. It is held in late January or early February and i [...]

Yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times posted a news article on various individuals having some confusion around the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act – ACA). As stated in the article, “Florida continues to lead the nation in enrollment, with 1.6 million people statewide having already selected a plan. Nationally, the figure is about 11.5 million people, a [...]

On January 27, 2016 Florida Blue hosted a tweet chat and shared the top 8 questions and answers regarding the open enrollment process. w=With the help of our Florida Blue Center Leader for Health Policy, Kelly James we were able to share some insight into this somewhat confusing topic. If shopping for a health plan through the federa [...]

If shopping for a health plan through the federal Marketplace sounds daunting to you, don’t worry -- Florida Blue has you covered. Here are three things you should know before open enrollment ends Jan. 31, this Sunday ! [...]

In a recent study, researchers revealed that one in three healthy kids suffer a bone fracture at some point in their young life. The most common fracture is a distal forearm fracture, or a break in between the elbow and [...]