It’s time to fire up the slow cooker! This warm and hearty stew is made with healthy chicken sausage, apples and cabbage. Cabbage is in season during the winter, so pick some up at your local farmer’s market or at the store. Ingredients 1 medium head green cabbage 2 Granny Smith apples ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon smoked paprika [...]

Many of us only think about our health coverage when we get sick. Don’t wait until you’re feeling under the weather to get started with your 2020 Medicare health plan. Here’s why: Your Medicare health plan includes many benefits that can help keep you from getting sick, like a flu shot or your Annual Wellness Visit with your doctor. These preventive [...]

Coping With Change

Posted on Feb 14th 2020 by Florida Blue

Experiencing change as we get older is inevitable. Sometimes, even small events can throw us off course throughout our day-to-day lives. Major changes, such as retiring or the death of a spouse or friend, can ripple through all aspects of your life. Whether positive or negative, change can be hard. [...]

You’ve probably heard you should have an Annual Wellness Visit and flu shot every year. You might also need a mammogram or a colon cancer screening. Why not get something extra when you’ve done these things? HealthyBlue is a program that rewards you for getting the tests and services you need. It’s our way of saying “tha [...]

Suffering from foot infections, open sores, diabetic ulcers or other painful conditions? Don’t get soaked by the latest therapy scheme. Medicare recently warned against using prescription antibiotics or antifungal drugs in foot baths. It says these treatments are ineffective. In some cases, a prescription foot bath may e [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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