Last Monday, we observed Memorial Day, the holiday when Americans honor the men and women who have died defending our country’s ideals serving in the U.S. military. And last Monday, George Floyd’s tragic, shocking death reminded us all that our country has a long way to go before its central promise of equality becomes reality. Last week and all weekend, the country reeled in pain and protest a [...]

Every year the Lake Nona Impact Forum brings together chief executives, health care innovators and thought leaders from various industries to discuss some of the most pressing topics in our country – health care, technology, education, and sustainability. It is my privilege to once again be a part of these important conversa [...]

There is no question that a great deal has changed since April 27, 1944, the day Florida Blue—A GuideWell Company—opened its first office on Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville as Florida Hospital Service Corporation, later becoming Blue Cross Blue Shield. Founded on the need to provide affordable health care in Florida, our company has remained steadfast in that effort. Here we are, 75 years late [...]

There are lots of teachers that influenced my life and gave me the confidence to assert myself, to challenge and to ask questions. I remember a particular teacher in high school, Mr. Conklin, who encouraged me to not settle for the status quo and to push the norms. He’s a teacher I thank for his guidance in helping me develop as a young man. My sister and my sister-in-law are also teach [...]

Bob Dylan said, “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” And on this Veteran’s Day, I’m honored to stand with so many heroes. Whether you yourself served or you’re a family member of someone who did, you know the sacrifice that comes with protecting the freedoms we Americans enjoy every day. [...]

In January, Donald Trump will be sworn in as our next President. At the same time, we will welcome in new and returning legislators at both the federal and state levels. With this change, there is promise and opportunity if we all share the same goal of providing access to affordable, high quality health care. [...]

Did you know that it’s illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or marital status, yet Florida law doesn’t protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification? In 2014, this is just unacceptable. Honorin [...]

Adroit students of the US healthcare system understand that its long-term viability requires significant change.  Curing the system’s ills requires significant change from key stakeholders -- from payors, physicians and hospitals to large and small employers, from brokers/agents to individual customers and patients. The revolution, if you will, to create cost-effective, quality-oriented, consumer- [...]

There is an old saying, if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk, and I truly believe in practicing what I preach.  When I was asked to chair the American Heart Association’s (AHA) First Coast Heart Walk, it was easy for me to say yes, because promoting physical activity is such an import [...]