Starting this year, you will need to show proof that you had health insurance in 2015 when you file your taxes. It’s called Form 1095, and you may receive one or more versions of the form. If you purchased health coverage through the government’s Health Insurance Marketplace, you should have received Form 1095-A from the Marketplace—not your health insurer—by Jan. 31, 2016. This form will inclu [...]

Do you have a picky eater in your house? Involving children in shopping, cooking family meals and even gardening are important steps in getting kids interested in fruits and vegetables. Here are 10 tips to help your child—and your family—get excited about cooking and eating healthy foods. Mean Green Cleaning Machine. Bring your kids into the kitchen and ask them [...]

What’s the best way to reduce your risks for chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, get on track for a healthy weight and have your health questions answered—all in one stop? Your annual wellness visit with your doctor, which may be covered at no cost to you as a Florida Blue member (be sure to check your benefits). Be sure to schedule your annual wellness visit with you [...]

5 Ways to Spring into Fitness

Posted on Mar 15th 2016 by Florida Blue

Burnt out on your same old routine at the gym, or did you already let your New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside? Spring is upon us and the temperature is not too hot, not too cold— it’s just right to get outside and get active. Here are five tips to take advantage of the spring weather and get you and your family moving. Hiking at a park [...]

To clear yourself of paying a tax fee for not having health insurance, the government needs to know. As part of the Affordable Care Act, health plans like Florida Blue, are required to report its insureds, dates of coverage, social security numbers (SSN), or Individual Taxpayer Identifications numbers (ITIN), to the IRS. Whether you buy insurance on your own or through your employer, th [...]

Get fast health care answers, 24/7, by phone with the new Florida Blue automated assistant, and on our new member site at floridablue.com. Call toll-free 1-800-352-2583 for t [...]

BlueOptions, BlueCare, or BlueSelect. Do you know which plan you have? You’ll want to check your member ID card or your plan benefits because knowing your plan name is helpful in choosing a doctor who’s in your network. To find a doctor, dentist or specialist who is covered under your plan, log in to floridablue.com and select Find a Doctor. You [...]

A Step Toward Quitting Tobacco

Posted on Dec 9th 2015 by Florida Blue

The journey to becoming tobacco-free is not an easy one. And you don’t have to do it alone. Prepare yourself to succeed by recognizing the things that trigger you to smoke. Change your routine to eliminate the times you expect to use tobacco. Go for a walk after dinner or chew a piece of nicotine gum if you usually smoke after you eat. Although it’s not quite [...]

5 Steps to Breathing Easier

Posted on Dec 8th 2015 by Florida Blue

There’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. But for the almost 15 million adults diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), approximately [...]

Brighten the season with this festive parfait. Refreshing, easy to make, and low in calories, your family and guests will be convinced that healthy holiday treats can still taste yummy! Ingredients: 1 quart low-fat vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon water Light whip [...]

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