We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Papa, a nationwide provider of senior services, to offer Florida Blue members in select Medicare Advantage plans assistance with transportation, house chores, companionship, and other senior support services. Social isolation is a significant issue for aging adults and can have a major impact on overall health. Papa, which c [...]

Making sure people with Medicare receive safe, quality care is one of the main goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It’s our goal, too. You deserve a Medicare health plan that works hard to help you manage your health and get the care you need. [...]

Maybe you’ve skipped your mammogram once or twice. There are good reasons not to. Regular mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by 40 percent since screening began in the mid-1980s, according to the American College of Radiology.  Mammograms arm you against breast cancer [...]

Keep Your RA at Bay

Posted on Oct 15th 2019 by Florida Blue

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, swollen joints can make it hard to do normal things, like opening a jar or using a pair of scissors. Most RA sufferers would describe relief as going days in a row without pain and stiffness. If left unchecked, RA can lead to more pain and joint deformity. Is there a way to lower the chances the disease will make it hard to do everyday things that make [...]

Consider this when deciding whether to get your vaccinations: They aren’t just about you staying healthy. They’re also about protecting the people around you. And for most Florida Blue members, there’s no additional cost when you see an in-network provider. In fact, you may even receive a reward for getting some vaccinations, like a flu shot. To make it easier to keep your famil [...]

Why Your BMI Matters

Posted on Sep 29th 2019 by Florida Blue

Most people can step on the bathroom scale and quickly decide if they’re happy with their weight. But there’s actually a better way to gauge if your weight is within a healthy range: body mass index (BMI). This is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. You and your doctor can determine if you need to lose or gain weight based on your height. Being overweight can lea [...]

Don’t Get Scammed This Season

Posted on Sep 12th 2019 by Florida Blue

Older adults are the fastest-growing group of Americans to be victimized by identity fraud or internet schemes. In fact, one out of every 10 Americans who are 65 and older and living at home will be a victim of scam abuse, according to the United States Senate Committee on Aging. We all love a discount or a free product, but sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re getting a deal or being [...]

Maybe you’ve thought about getting a hearing aid, but you aren’t sure how it will look or if it will really help you. If you have trouble hearing, a hearing aid can significantly improve your quality of life. It can: Improve communication Help you stay more alert Reduce background noise Help you regain independence Help you feel more includ [...]

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you were there? Or lost your car in a parking lot? Aging takes its toll on every part of the body, our brains included. As we age, some of our brain cells die and the volume of our brains actually shrinks a bit. These changes contribute to thinking and memory errors. At first, it may seem funny. And later, maybe a little scary. [...]

What’s your idea of senior living? A sunny central Florida community with tai chi, drama lessons and polo? Special parades, car shows and craft shows? Tennis, golf and pickleball matches by day; live bands and dancing in the town square by night? If you think you might one day retire to The Villages®, Florida Blue Medicare will meet you when you get there.  With over 74,000 [...]

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