As Michael and Heather Daniels made their way down the street to their Deerfield Beach home, they knew they were heading into a life-changing moment. One that was a way to help honor them for their service. Both are heroes in their own right. Michael joined the Marine Corps shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He served two tours in Iraq, including in the initial invasion into [...]

When COVID-19 made its way to Florida last year, there were a lot of unknowns. The symptoms changed often in the early weeks and months after the virus arrived here in March 2020. It was unclear why some people were more susceptible to the virus than others. And there wouldn’t be a vaccine for another nine months. So much uncertainty naturally led to frustration, concern and eve [...]

Skye stood at a podium, recounting her life before and after she met Vicki Sokolik. The years before were heartbreaking, far beyond what any 17-year-old should have faced. Her mom abandoned her and her brother when Skye was 15. She started working when she turned 16, but never got any of the money because her father took it. He kicked Skye out of the house when she was 17 and she ended [...]

Choosing a primary care doctor can be a tough decision, no matter who you are. Even if you’re a doctor.  “It’s one thing I think everyone struggles with,” said Dr. Deborah Stewart, a senior medical dire [...]

For most of the year, people have been feeling the pressure of the life that COVID-19 has brought. Months of staying in our homes, which have doubled as offices for our work and classrooms for our kids. We’ve leaned heavily on technology like Zoom to be able to see our family and friends, but it’s not the same as a hug or a handshake. And we’ve felt it. Some more than others. We’ve been [...]

For decades, Black people have been less likely to get a flu shot than those from many other races. And the percentages in Florida are among the lowest in the country. The Center for Disease Control and Prev [...]

Before the sun rises, Marisa Langford likes to take a walk with Buddy, her family’s 3-year-old labradoodle. It’s often the calm before the start of her busy day as a mother of four, wife, full-time national partnership manager and popular mommy blogger. [...]

Irene Seidt hadn’t heard from one of her elderly diabetic patients in a while, so she reached out to check on him. Seidt wanted to tell him that she and others in the Florida Blue Centers were working from their homes due to COVID-19 concerns. She wanted to see if he was taking the precautions they had talked about. And she wanted him to know that although hi [...]

Penny Shaffer found herself surrounded as she was painting the frame around patio doors at a home in South Florida. There were a couple of first responders painting the ceiling right above her. Nearby, people were changing the home’s yellow exterior walls to white. Not far away, there were folks building a pergola and others adding new landscaping. To make the cramped area feel even tig [...]

A woman and her 29-year-old son walked into a Florida Blue Center looking for a health insurance plan to better serve his needs for a rare condition he’s had since he was 2. They left the Tallahassee center with life-changing help. Tumors have been growing throughout the man’s body for 27 years. His premiums and prescription costs with a plan from another company were high. Plus [...]

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